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Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update:
"Darkane played our debut show with Jens [Broman; CONSTRUCDEAD, THE DEFACED] on vocals last Saturday at the ProgPower Scandinavia festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jens enjoyed every second of the show, and so did the rest of us. Our former vocalist Andreas was in the audience to support us, and he was very postive afterwards... along with the rest of the crowd. If you wanna see what it was like check out [the video clip here]!
"We are gonna play a show in Helsingborg on Monday (November 19) at The Tivoli. The event is arranged by Mega Musikgymnasium and during the evening bands consisting of students and teachers will play live, and because our drummer Peter [Wildoer] is a math teacher there we are gonna play a few songs. The entrance fee is only 20 SEK (about three American dollars)." More...
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update:
"I'm sitting with my laptop in my couch with the wife. She's watching a Swedish version of 'Top Model', so I thought I just might write whatever comes out (everything is better than watching that show).
"I've been reading Nikki Sixx's 'The Heroin Diaries' lately and I don't know what it is, but that man fascinates me. It's probably that I had a vision what is what like being a rock star in the '80s, and then when I got to read 'The Dirt' and 'The Heroin Diaries' it was so much more tragical than what it looked like in my innocent teenage rock magazines.
"If you have the chance you should read it... it's really facinating!
"Yesterday me, Peter and Andreas went to see DIMMU BORGIR in Lund, Sweden. The show was cool and we got a little chat with Galder backstage afterwards. He and the rest of the band were really cool.
"We have started to move into a new rehearsal room that we hope to build as a studio. We are looking into the possibilities to rent the top floor in the building as well, and then our dreams will come true. We hope we can build the studio so that Peter and Klas can work as studio technicians for a living, and we can record the new DARKANE album and mix the last of the live DVD sound. There has been so much stuff going on to delay our work, but now things looks a little brighter.
"I had a 'one-man guitar show' at Dunkers Kulturhus last week. About 130 people showed up which was very cool considering that I expected about 30. I played the guitar to DARKANE and NON-HUMAN LEVEL songs, and the reactions from the audience was very positive. We had a few cameras rolling, so I might put up a song or two when I have edited the result."
DARKANE recently announced the addition of Jens Broman (CONSTRUCDEAD, THE DEFACED) as the group's new lead vocalist.
According to Malmström, Jens — who will also continue to sing in CONSTRUCDEAD and THE DEFACED – "grew up in Glumslöv, south of Helsingborg (a good friend of Björn Strid from SOILWORK), but now lives in Stockholm. His live debut with us will take place in three weeks at the ProgPower Scandinavia festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10.
"We've been rehearsing hard lately and are very excited to work together with Jens. He has a huge vocal diversity and we are pretty sure that DARKANE fans won't be disappointed.
"We had our interests set on Jens at a very early stage and would like to thank all the people who showed their interest in joining DARKANE as our vocalist. We wish you all the success in the future, and we’d also like to congratulate Peter [Wildoer, drummer] and [his longtime girlfriend] Erika for getting engaged a few weeks back."
DARKANE drummer Peter Wildoer revealed last month that the band would start recording its fifth record this winter. "We have about nine songs ready," he said. "We were hoping to enter the studio earlier but in typical DARKANE bad luck, our studio got flooded and badly damaged. So now we're looking for a new location for the studio and as soon as we find that we need to rebuild the studio which takes a lot of time. Hopefully we will start recording around Christmas (fingers crossed)."
DARKANE's upcoming DVD was shot in May 2006 in the band's hometown of Helsingborg, Sweden.
The band last year completed a European tour in support of their fourth album, "Layers of Lies", available now on Nuclear Blast Records. It is the follow-up to the band's third studio CD, "Expanding Senses", which was released in 2002.
Following the departure of lead singer Andreas Sydow this past August, DARKANE guitarist and founding member Christopher Malmström took some time to write in from Helsingborg, Sweden to announce the band’s new frontman:
“Darkane would like to welcome Jens Broman as our new vocalist!
He’s recently been seen in the vocal spot in CONSTRUCDEAD and THE DEFACED (and will continue to sing in both bands).
Jens grew up in Glumslöv, south of Helsingborg (a good friend of Björn Strid from SOILWORK), but now lives in Stockholm. His live debut with us will take place in three weeks at the ProgPower Scandinavia festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10th.
We’ve been rehearsing hard lately and are very excited to work together with Jens. He has a huge vocal diversity and we are pretty sure that Darkane fans won´t be disappointed.
We had our interests set on Jens at a very early stage and would like to thank all the people who showed their interest in joining Darkane as our vocalist. We wish you all the success in the future, and we’d also like to congratulate Peter [Wildoer, drummer] and [his longtime girlfriend] Erika for getting engaged a few weeks back.”
Last month, Peter Wildoer revealed that Darkane has “about nine songs ready to record” for their upcoming fifth studio album, despite the fact that the band’s Not Quite Studio suffered an extensive amount of damage due to flooding two months ago.
Visit Darkane online at www.myspace.com/darkaneband and www.darkane.com .
Sweden's DARKANE has issued the following press release in regard to the departure of vocalist Andreas Sydow (pictured):
Statement from Andreas:
"The time has come, my friends for me to step down from my position as vocalist of the greatest band in the world!"
"I feel I’ve reached a stand still in the creative process with Darkane and together we came to the decision to let fresh blood into the band for the upcoming fifth album. Darkane is constantly evolving and I’m sure that this ignition will be great for the band."
"We certainly part ways as very good friends and we’re in fact still working together on finishing the long awaited DVD. Hopefully the Darkane Layers Of Live DVD will be released this autumn and, in a way, sum up my seven years with Darkane and be the perfect closure."
"I feel very honoured and privileged to have been a part of such a great musicianship as Darkane and I have tons of great memories from all we’ve experienced together. I’m really gonna miss it!" More...
Canadian Prog/Metal act Terror Syndrome have finished recording of their first album Stupidity for All which was professionally recorded at The Amoury Studios (AC/DC, Drowning Pool/Kiss) and Greenhouse Studios (Nickleback/Queenstryche) in 2006/2007 by Shaun Thingvold (worked with Lamb of God , Fear Factory, and Strapping Young Lad) The exact song order for the album has not been decided yet but these will be the songs on the album :
1 - Stupidity for All
2 - Revolving Horror
3 - Thrill Pill
4 - Riot of Red
*Featuring Christofer Malmstrom (Darkane, Non-Human Level) - Lead Guitar
5 - When God Was Sober
6 - Motionless
7 - Rusty Trombone
*Featuring Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio) - Lead Guitar
*Featuring Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) - Bass Guitar
8 - One Crime Closer to Hell
9 - Disposable Empire
*Featuring Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, SYL) - Bass Guitar
10 - For Your Amusement
11 - My Next Victim
12 - Spinning Backwards
*Featuring Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band) - Lead Guitar
*Featuring Michael Manring (Attention Deficit, Session Bass God) - Bass guitar
Terror Syndrome started out as a vision for Ryan "RVP" Van Poederooyen (drummer for the Devin Townsend Band) , and quickly became an addiction to compose a new sound and create the ultimate metal band and has several names in the genre guest on their recordings and live performances.
The band is currently negotiating details around release and distribution to settle with a label and will keep us updated as things unfold. Songs from this release are up on the Terror Syndrome website.
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted the following message on his web site:
I'm back! First of all, I am very proud to announce that I am now officially endorsing Seymour Duncan guitar pickups! I'm very excited about this, and I'm still deciding on which models I will use but it's gravitating towards the SH-6b Duncan Distortion Humbucker in the bridge and an SH-1n '59 Model Humbucker in the neck. I'll let you know when it's decided and installed!
"I am appearing in a movie that is up in the theaters in Sweden right now. My part is very small, but still... The movie is entitled 'Hata Göteborg' (Hate Gothenburg). It's quite a funny name for metalheads, but it has nothing to do with the Gothenburg metal scene, but about soccer hooligans. I play a hooligan for the Helsingorg soccer team that fights against the Gothenburg hooligans. The movie is about some young kids trying to find themself and you will only see my head a few seconds in total and I don't have a line, but I had a lot of fun shooting it. I don't know about international release yet and I doubt that it will ever happen, but if you live in Sweden I recommend this movie!"
DARKANE and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
French masters of modern dissonant thrash SCARVE have posted a new song, entitled "Endangered", on their MySpace page. The track comes off of the band's upcoming album, "The Undercurrent", which will be released this April through Listenable Records.
The follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed "Irradiant" album (2004), "The Undercurrent" was recorded in part at the Dug-Out facility in Uppsala, Sweden with renowned Swedish producer Daniel Bergstrand, whose previous credits include MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and STUCK MOJO.
SCARVE has yet to announce a permanent replacement for singer Guillaume Bideau who left the group in May to join the Danish modern metallers MNEMIC. The vocals on "The Undercurrent" were handled by former DARKANE singer Lawrence Mackrory.
"The Undercurrent" track listing:
02. Imperceptible Armageddon
04. The Plundered
05. Assuming Self
06. Fathomless Descent
07. A Few Scraps Of Memories
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström posts an update and upload two songs to their Myspace:
"I'm very proud to announce that I'm now officially endorsed by Ibanez guitars. I have been playing Ibanez guitars since 1993 when I decided to go serious about my guitar playing, and wanted a really good metal guitar. After trying out of couple of different brands, I realized that Ibanez was the only right choice. I have been playing different models since then, but over the last years, my main models is RG3120 Prestige. For me this guitar has become a part of the style that I have developed over the years. I also use D'Addario strings and Planet Waves cables.
A lot of people have asked me lately to put up guitar tablature from Layers of Lies.
I haven't had the time and really have to focus on other stuff right now, but to celebrate the Ibanez endorsement, I will put up two songs: 'Secondary Effects' and 'Layers of Lies' within a couple of weeks, so check back soon. DARKANE has played a few shows in Sweden, and right now we are editing the live DVD that we shot in May in Helsingborg [Sweden]. We are still in the beginning process of writing the fifth DARKANE album, and so far it feels very good. If you liked our previous albums you won't be disappointed, for sure!"
Hypocrisy guitarist Andreas Holma has officially left the band. According to the band's label, Nuclear Blast Records, "Holma's reasons are because he is 'not motivated anymore' and wants to 'concentrate on my own project' and is no longer interested in touring." Hypocrisy has subsequently enlisted the services of Darkane's Klas Ideberg for their upcoming North American tour with Fear Factory et al.
Soilwork are to planning to use Darkane drummer Peter Wildo er for a handful of European festivals. Current drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who lives in Los Angeles, couldn't get him reasonably priced flights to play the shows, which were confirmed at the last minute.
Swedish thrashers DARKANE have just returned from being on tour in Europe with SADUS and GORY BLISTER. Here's the official update from DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström:
"We had a great time and the audiences were fantastic! After returning home to our hometown Helsingborg, we played a show here and filmed it with nine cameras for a possible DVD. We are gonna listen to/watch the results within the upcoming days and see if it's worth working on (mixing the sound and editing the video). If it's good we might release it later this year together with extra material from our career. We've always brought a video camera on tours and studio recordings, so it might be a lot of fun to watch."
Sweden's DARKANE have just returned from being on tour in Europe with Sadus and Glory Blister. Here's the official update from DARKANE guitarist, Christofer Malmström:
"We had a great time and the audiences were fantastic! After returning home to our hometown Helsingborg, we played a show here and filmed it with 9 cameras for a possible DVD. We are gonna listen to/watch the results within the upcoming days and see if it´s worth working on (mixing the sound and editing the video). If it´s good we might release it later this year together with extra material from our career. We've always brought a video camera on tours and studio recordings, so it might be a lot of fun to watch."
Live photos of DARKANE in Switzerland can be viewed in the "Gallery" section at metalpics.ch
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted the following tour reports on the band's official web site:
"Yes, tonight ( 12/04) we played the 32nd show of the U.S. tour here in Seattle, WA and tomorrow we'll end the tour in Vancouver where I will finally meet the drummer of my solo project NON-HUMAN LEVEL, Ryan van Poederooyen.
"OK, so we crashed into Seattle... sorry, ...no, we actually crashed in Seattle this morning. Everybody was sleeping when we suddenly woke up by the bus shaking and braking heavily. I thought it would flip over, but in the last second everything was still. All curtains of the bunks opened and a lot of surprised metalheads stuck out their heads. It turned out we had crashed into another car on the freeway right outside Seattle. It was kind of scary, but no one was seriously hurt, I think. After an hour or so, we could leave and head for downtown Seattle, which I think is a very nice city!More...
Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.
Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.
Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:
God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation
Disc Two Includes:
Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral
Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmstrom has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"It's been a few days since I was on the computer! We've played Grand Rapids where I had lots of trouble with my gear, but I think the rest of the guys had a good show. Then we had a day off in Cleveland and Gene Hoglan of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, our tour manager Bryan and us DARKANE dudes went to the Rock'n' Roll Hall of Fame museum! We enjoyed it a lot. The show also went very well. Detroit was next up and the Harpo's! Huge place! Kind of rough neigborhood, but we were prepared for that. We were told not to go anywhere but the bus and the venue. The stage was REALLY tall and the audience seemed like 'midgets' from up there."
"Next stop was Toronto and our first-ever Canadian show! Beautiful town (which we didnt get to see much of...) but most special... the crowd!!! You people rocked the Opera House!"
"Yesterday we had another day off in NYC where we did the usual touristing stuff such as checking out the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Grand Central Station. Not the juiciest news you would have hoped for but we are tourists in this country right now! In the evening we went to B.B. King's at Times Square and checked VADER and CRYPTOPSY, because our ears really longed for some death metal!"
"Today SOILWORK joined the package and from now on there will be the four of us on the bill. SOILWORK seemed jet lagged, but put on a hell of a show here at the Irving Plaza. Our set tonight wasn't the best so far but it felt ok and we've got a lot of good response from the audience."
"Well, Jorgen just entered and told me that people are waiting at the merch booth to get their CDs signed, so... gotta go!"
"See you out there, and remember to come early as DARKANE is the opening act!"
DARKANE are currently treading on U.S. soil for the first time, joined by FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SOILWORK. Guitarist Christofer Malmström posted the following update from the band's North American tour:
"Today we´re in Milwaukee, WI. Been doing four shows so far, so only 29 to go! The audience has been really great so far! I´m surprised that so many people have shown up for the opening act... something that is not taken for granted when you open up in Europe.
Two days ago we were in Chicago. The first thing we did was to take a walk in that beautiful city to the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the US. The view was fantastic! We also took a group photo with this green screen where they put the tower in the background if you buy the pic. We´ll see if we can scan it and put it up here. When returning to the House of Blues we suddenly found ourself in one of the VIP opera boxes in the balcony at a gospel concert! For five Swedes that was a really cool experience!More...
Touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2005 release, Layers Of Lies, DARKANE - who formed in the late '90s and hail from Helsingborg, Sweden - have performed only once before on North American soil and were received with raving applause at 2001's Milwaukee Metalfest XV. With their first full-fledged tour of North America set to launch on October 28th at Granada in Lawrence, Kansas, guitarist and founding member of the band, Christofer Malmström, has this to share:
"Finally! We have been waiting for so many years for this opportunity, and now it's finally come... What a great package! It´s unbelievable! We´ve been fans of Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad since many years back, and we´ve practically grown up with Soilwork here in Helsingborg, so this is really a dream coming true for us! Ever since we released our debut album Rusted Angel back in 1999, we've received requests from American fans to come over and tour, and believe me, we've always wanted to, but circumstances have made it impossible until now."
With a high-profile maiden tour, a well-received album, and eager fans awaiting their arrival, what will be the most difficult thing DARKANE will face while out on the road?
"It will be quite hard to decide what songs we are going to play," muses Malmström. "We haven't toured that side of the world before, and fans have many different favorite songs. With only a 30 minute set each night, it will be difficult to choose music from all our albums, but because we don't want people to leave disappointed, we'll alternate our setlist from evening to evening, so if you see us more than one time, chances are big that you´ll hear the song you've been waiting to hear!"
Christmas is coming early for fans of extreme drumming, as the upcoming Transgression Tour will place DARKANE's own Peter Wildoer on the same stage as Fear Factory's Raymond Herrera, Strapping Young Lad's Gene Hoglan, and Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren. Is there anything the band is looking forward to?
"I've always been interested in geography, so for me personally, I'm looking forward to experiencing new places I've never been to like Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Toronto, and Vancouver. I'm sure very city will be a fucking blast... I will finally get to meet the drummer in my solo project in Vancouver, Ryan van Poederooyen, who I´ve never met in person!"
Darkane's North American tour dates with Fear Factory, Soilwork, and Strapping Young Lad are as follows:
More stops have been announced for Fear Factory's tour with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Darkane, here's the latest:
December 02nd Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
December 03rd Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
December 04th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
December 05th Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Center