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Arcane Grail

From: Russia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Arcane Grail News

Below is our complete Arcane Grail 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.

New Project Grailight Recording Debut Album

Demether Grail, formerly of Arcane Grail, has issued the following announcement about starting a new project titled Grailight:

"Due to various personal and creative contradictions, and to mark the beginning of the New Era of Aquarius, Demether Grail and Tymon decided to leave Russian symphonic melodic death metal band Arcane Grail and open a new chapter in their musical life called Grailight, continuing and developing the tradition and style inherent in the AG. With the new line-up, in the faces ov:

Demether - Vocals
Tymon - Guitar, Keyboards
Radmir - Bass
Kain - Drums

"Order shall enter at February 11th in the Buddhistic New Year (the final start of a new calendar year and a new era in the whole world!) Arsafes Records to record the debut full-length album, the title of which will be unveiled in the near future.

"The album will have a lot of guests, but most importantly, they promise - You will hear the best music they can create within and outside of style Symphonic Extreme Metal! In our community a lot of updates, videos from the studio and etc. will be coming very soon. Sanguis, Honor, Amor!!!"

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Arcane Grail Posts Collaborative Track

Arcane Grail has teamed up with Intra Spelaeum to record a new track titled "Withering Cometh." A lyric video can be found below, and Arcane Grail also commented:

"Our special gift for you all for the 21st of December: Dark doom metal band Intra Spelaeum and symphonic extreme metal band Arcane Gril prepared for the End of the World together on an exclusive song tiled 'Withering Cometh.' Music and artwork by Michael Kron. The lyrics and vocals by Demether Grail and mixing by Alex Stetsyuk (Drygva Studio)."

Aside from this new single, Arcane Grail's latest release was the "Tribute to the Past" EP (reviewed here), which followed the band's 2009 full-length "Arya Marga" (reviewed here). More...

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Stigmatic Chorus Working On New Album

Russian symphonic black metal act Stigmatic Chorus is currently working on the band's upcoming new album. All instruments have already fully recorded at Arsafes Studio, and the group is currently recording the vocals.

As with the previous "Autodafe" release, the upcoming new work is reported to be a concept album, with Demether Grail of Arcane Grail working with the band on the conceptual design. Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.

In the mean time, you can check out Stigmatic Chorus tracks available for streaming at the band's MySpace music page.

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Unearthing More Of The Black Metal Underground

The best acts that metal has to offer aren’t always highly visible or inhabiting the mainstream, which is why every week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we bring to light several groups that deserve to be heard.

Black metal history month may already be over, but screeches from hell, head pummeling blast beats, and tremolo picking are always a good time year-round, and the genre is ripe with a multitude of high quality acts to discover. The term “black metal” covers a wide range of ground, from symphonic acts to abrasive and misanthropic bands and even on to more styles. This week we’re unearthing three bands from very different locations that each put their own spin on black metal and make the genre their own.

Gorthaur’s Wrath

Gorthaur’s Wrath is an absolutely no-holds barred black metal act hailing from Croatia that’s as dark and evil as they come, but still devastatingly heavy. The band is a bit like a Behemoth that went a more black metal route instead heading into death metal, and the group is currently in the process of working on the follow-up to the 2011 album “Ritual IV.”

The new album is shaping up for some higher profile sonic destruction, as the band managed to recruit Triptykon's Norman Lonhard for the recording sessions, but due to scheduling conflicts he has now dropped out and is being replaced by German drummer Christian Bass. While awaiting what Gorthaur’s Wrath has in store, you can check out two songs from “Ritual IV” below or find more via the band’s Facebook profile.

“The Devil Speaks”
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Arcane Grail Streaming Ashen Light Cover

Arcane Grail has posted an Ashen Light cover song online, which can be heard below. The band commented on the track:

"Check out another song from our new EP 'Tribute to the Past,' which released on my label Grailight Productions. This is the cover song from the debut album of Russian pagan black metal legend Ashen Light."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
3. Goetia
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover) More...

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Arcane Grail Posts New Song

Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has released a new EP titled "Tribute to the Past," which features several cover tracks as well as original material. Arcane Grail has now posted a new song from the EP online. Check out the track "Dogs of God" in the player below. Two other offerings from the release were also recently posted online, and can still be heard here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
3. Goetia
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover)

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Arcane Grail Streaming New Song, Announces Shows

Symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following update about heading out for a string of shows with Netherbird:

"Today, the 3rd of January 2012, we start our mini-tour with Swedish sympho-black metal draugrs Netherbird.

3 - Moscow (with Grey Heaven Fall, Cavandish, North Diamond)
4 - Tula (with Grey Heaven Fall, Cavandish, North Diamond)
5 - Ryazan (with North Diamond)
6 - Voronezh (without Netherbird, but with Artania & North Diamond)

"...and gift to Ye another track from our new EP 'Tribute to the Past' (2011) - our cover-version of classical heavy-metal hit of Russian band ARIA on song 'Farewell, Norfolk!'"

You can check out the track through the SoundCloud player below, or find two previously posted songs from the EP, which are available here. More...

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Arcane Grail Streaming Two Songs From New EP

Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has posted two songs online from the "Tribute to the Past" EP, which are available after the jump. The band also commented on the release:

"Yesterday, 31.12.2011 year, our new EP 'Tribute to the Past' was released at Grailight Productions here. You can order it from my e-mail - demether@yandex.ru. Price is 5 Euro Worldwide (including post).

"Check out the two songs from it below: (Sacred Gift of Love) and Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover)."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
3. Goetia
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover) More...

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Arcane Grail To Release New EP

Symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail will release the new EP "Tribute to the Past" on December 31st via Grailight Productions. A song off the EP is now available for streaming online. Check out the band's cover of the Type O Negative track "Love You To Death" in the player below.

The release, which is dedicated to the memory of Peter Steele, was mixed and mastered by Arsafes (Kartikeya) at Arsafes Records and features the following guest musicians: Fedor Vetrov (Nevid, Omela), Belf (Stigmatic Chorus, Ashen Light, Nevid, Izmoroz), Wsegard (Atra Mustum, Emerald Night) and Igor Kiv (famous Russian soundproducer and session guitarist).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
3. Goetia
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover) More...

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Ceremonal Perfection Cancels Polish Tour

Ceremonial Perfection had previously announced an upcoming tour of Poland with Arcane Grail and Trelleborg throughout November. The band has now issued the following brief announcement about canceling those shows:

"It's so sad, but our upcoming tour around Poland has been cancelled because our tour manager has to move to UK now! We do apologize to our Polish fans! We are trying to book a new tour around Poland in 2012!"

Further details on Ceremonial Perfection and the band's upcoming tour dates are available by heading over to Facebook.

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Arcane Grail Posts Drum Cam Footage

Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following brief update about posting drum cam footage online:

"Hi, our loyal army! Please, look the new video of our session drummer Alex Smirnov from our concert with mighty Keep of Kalessin in Moscow here."

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Headline News

Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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Arcane Grail Posts Baltic Tour Report

Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has checked in with the following report of the band's recent Baltic tour:

"The tour has passed with a heap of adventures, certainly, intoxication, fails, etc. In the small Estonian cities of Johvi and Rakvere we have passed first two concerts because of problems with visas. Then having received the visas personally from the consul of Estonia as a cultural exchange between the countries, we jerked on the bus Moscow-Riga-Tallin, where went for 17 hours.

"At night we passed the Russian-Latvian border where have forced to torture on a frost, as well as carry our things, to maintain heavy sights of frontier guards and to answer on their interesting questions. It is literally through 100 meters already on the Latvian-Russian border we have not asked, things did not looked, also no needed to pull out from the bus, simply having scanned all bus. The first concert was already in Tallin. There were under 400 persons, a huge club. More...

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Arcane Grail Announces New Lineup

Arcane Grail has issued the following announcement about the band's new lineup:

"Happy New Metal Year, our loyal friends! Before our concert tour we, Order of the Arcane Grail, wish to present you our new line-up of gentlemen:

Adison - guitars (from Skylord and Autumn Woods)
Alamar - bass (ex- Skylord)
Tymon - keyboards (from Avercage)

"And the invited musician on percussion is Alexandr, all known for famous Russian bands Nevid and Kartikeya. And surely yours, Demether Grail and Natalia Kempin! We actively rehearse, we prepare for Baltic Tour with Ceremonial Perfection and Trelleborg and, we dare to assure we will surprise you all with many news and phantasmagories in new year!"

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Arcane Grail Announces Baltic Tour

Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following announcement about supporting Ceremonial Perfection on a string of upcoming live shows:

"Hail to all! In January-February 2011 our Baltic tour with Saint-Petersburgian symphonic vikings Trelleborg will occur, as supporters of Estonian melodic deathsters Ceremonial Perfection, who presented their debut album 'Alone in the End,' We, Arcane Grail, shall gig at three mighty Baltic states. For more events' details please see our upcoming shows place, more dates soon!"

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Arcane Grail Vocalist Joins Coronatus

Russian symphonic metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following brief announcement about vocalist Natalie joining German act Coronatus: "Natalie the Grail is new singer of Coronatus! Our Lady - Natalie the Grail-Kempin became a new opera singer of German symphonic gothic metal band Coronatus." You can check out Arcane Grail tracks via this locaiton and hear Coronatus songs here.

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Free Metal Sampler Available For Download

Einsam Vuk magazine and Wolfhound metal radio are currently offering a free download of their "Time for Battle" compilation, which features 20 metal tracks. The compilation can be downloaded at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Thought Trees - Alkonost
2. Schreckenssteppe - Altvater
3. Arcane Grail - Arcane Grail
4. Set sail on Ale - Claim The Throne
5. Stilzchenrumpel - Death & Glory
6. Nocturnal Pagan Supremacy - Draugr
7. La Orden Morte - Faith In Ashes
8. The circle of traitors - Fearbringer
9. The Pest Song - Handful of Hate
10. Ache - Hellsaw
11. Cybergore Generation - Illidiance
12. Handfuls of Thawed Snow - Kalevala
13. Hochmut - Noctalis
14. Under seas of silence - Noctem
15. World in Flames - Posthuman
16. A Dead Rose on Your Grave - Scandelion
17. Do vezeni - Trollech
18. Cursebirth - Unholy Throne
19. Hymers Krus - Vanir
20. Slava Rusi - Welicoruss

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