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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
Soilwork singer, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has posted the following tour update on the band's official website:
"Just wanna update and confirm what's going on with the upcoming tours:
"Today we have confirmed Hatesphere and Construcdead as supporting acts for the european headlinertour starting on the 5th of october in Helsinki. Both bands are very promising and both have great albums coming out very soon. Both bands has also a reputation of being great live bands, this bill won't make you disappointed!! Check out the tourschedule and don't you miss the show...
"We have also confirmed the novembertour with Fear Factory in Northamerica. We will be direct support to Fear Factory and there will be two more killer bands on the bill: Strapping Young Lad and Darkane! How about it folks!? Unfortunately we'll jump on the tour a week later from where the tour starts, i'll keep you posted on exactly what date..
"Stay tune folks and have a good one..
Soilwork frontman Speed has checked in with the following update:
I'm so sorry i haven't posted anything in a while..
I've been recording the vocals for the new Terror 2000 album. We've had so much fuckin' fun in the studio here in Helsingborg.. we decided to take thrash metal to where it never has been before and have no boundaries of what a thrash metal album should or shouldn't contain.. So, it's all in there folks: This album is gonna be the most hilarious, intense, brainless, aggressive, silly, fast, immature and nervewrecking album you ever heard! An example: a thrash metal blues in 285 bpm called "Bloody blues blaster"... stay tune..
We're flying in to Amsterdam tomorrow and we'll play our first european gig for the new album at the Waldrock-festival, can't wait!
Right now we're also setting up a headlining tour in Europe for this fall.. hopefully we'll manage to cover the world before the year is over..
When we come home from Waldrock i'll get my ass over to the Sweden Rock festival and watch some M'y..
Anyways, we'll see you on stage on the festivals! Metal up your ass!
Terror 2000 is the Swedish thrash metal band featuring Speed (Soilwork), Klas Ideberg (Darkane), Nick Sword (El Mago), Erik Thyselius (Construcdead) and Dan Svensson (Hatelight).
An exclusive pre-listening section for the coming Darkane album, "Layers Of Lies," is now available online. Click here to hear the title track of the CD, watch the video for 'Secondary Effects' and check out the artwork.
Darkane's new album has been given a July 12 release date and is entitled, "Layers of Lies".
The new Darkane song "Layers Of Lies," taken from their new album of the same name, was put online for download at this location.
The band has issued the following statement regarding the track:
This song is one of the slower songs and doesn't fully represent the whole album. Check it out and be prepared for some more ass kicking when "Layers Of Lies" is released in Europe June 27th and North America July 12th.
The video to "Secondary Effects" is also finished and will be released in some way quite soon.
Swedish thrashers Darkane have posted the following message on their official web site:
Here is the "Layers of Lies" cover artwork [view cover here], made by Fredrik Ödman. The album will be released June 27th in Europe and July 12th in North America.
Darkane are taking a break from everything right now. Peter [Wildoer, drums] and Christofer [Malmström, guitar] were at the Nuclear Blast HQ in Germany last weekend to meet with some European press and let them hear the new record. The overall impression was very positive!
Right now Klas [Ideberg, guitar] is recording the third album with Terror 2000 and Christofer is recording his solo project Non-Human Level."
"Layers of Lies" track listing:
01. Amnesia of the Wildoerian Apocalypse
02. Secondary Effects
03. Organic Canvas
04. Fading Dimensions
05. Layers of Lies
06. Godforsaken Universe
07. Klastrophobic Hibernation
08. Vision of Degradation
10. Maelstrom Crisis
11. Decadent Messiah
12. The Creation Insane
Darkane have posted the following news at their official website on March 29:
At 7:00am this morning Peter and Klas burned the final version of "Layers Of Lies" on a CD-R after another long night of mixing. The end result is a very brutal, but clear production. The performance from the band is better than ever and the vocals are very raw and aggressive, yet melodic and powerful. Here is the total track list:
'Amnesia Of The Wildoerian Apocalypse'
'Layers Of Lies'
'Vision Of Degradation'
'The Creation Insane'
A Japanese bonus track called 'Subliminal Seduction' has also been recorded. Tomorrow, "Layers of Lies" will be mastered and then sent to Nuclear Blast for printing.
The cover art work will be revealed in a few days.
"Layers Of Lies" will hit the stores on Juni 27.