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Nora

From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Nora News

Below is our complete Nora 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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Necro Leaves Sounds Of The Underground Tour

Self proclaimed "death rap" artist Necro has issued the follwing statement from his official Myspace:

"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them.

It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big "Fuck You" to the crowd.

I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 Necro fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!

It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).

As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my people so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow Necro up"

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Behind The Scenes Footage Of Nora

Behind the scenes footage of Nora recording their impending new album "Save Yourself" can now be seen online here. "Save Yourself" is due out through Trustkill on June 19th.

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SOTU 2007 2 CD+1 DVD Set Announced

The track listing has been revealed for the upcoming 2-CD/1 DVD "2007 Sounds Of The Underground" compilation. The outing will be limited to a pressing of 10,000 copies and will be available only at "Hot Topic" stores. It will run as follows:

CD 1:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Failure Of The Devout"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Job For A Cowboy - "Embedded"
06 - Necro - "The Pre-Fix For Death"
07 - Darkest Hour - "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)"
08 - Amon Amarth - "Runes To My Memory"
09 - The Acacia Strain - "4x4' from 'The Dead Walk"
10 - The Devil Wears Prada - "HTML Rulz Dood"
11 - Heavy Heavy Low Low - "Mall-Nutrition"
12 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Sleeping With The Fishes, See?"
13 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
14 - This Is Hell - "Permanence"
15 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"

CD 2:
01 - Throwdown - "Holy Roller"
02 - A Life Once Lost - "Firewater Joyride"
03 - Beneath The Massacre - "Modern Age Slavery"
04 - NORA - "Save Yourself"
05 - Cellador - "Never Again"
06 - Since The Flood - "Strength"
07 - Anterior - "The Silent Divide"
08 - It Dies Today - "Reignite The Fires"
09 - Autumn - "My New Time"
10 - Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster - "Death Is An Alcoholic"
11 - Poison The Well - "Letter Thing"
12 - Walls Of Jericho - "And Hope To Die"
13 - See You Next Tuesday - "Honey I've Never Had Sex That Wasn't Awkward"
14 - Skeletonwitch - "Beyond The Permafrost (Demo)"
15 - The Minor Times - "Casket City Lights"
16 - The Human Abstract - "Vela, Together We Await The Storm"

Sights Of The Underground DVD:
01 - GWAR - "Eighth Lock"
02 - Shadows Fall - "Redemption"
03 - Chimaira - "Resurrection"
04 - Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
05 - Necro - "Beautiful Music For You To Die To"
06 - Darkest Hour - "Sound The Surrender"
07 - Amon Amarth - "Cry Of The Blackbirds"
08 - The Acacia Strain - "Angry Mob Justice"
09 - The Number Twelve Looks Like You - "Like A Cat"
10 - Goatwhore - "Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult"
11 - This Is Hell - "The Polygraph Cheaters"
12 - 2Cents - "The Wedding Dress"
13 - Kylesa - "Hollow Severer"
14 - Terror - "Lost' from 'Always The Hard Way"
15 - Misery Signals - "The Failsafe"

More info on the tour itself can be found at soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

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Infest 2007 Announced

Details regarding Infest 2007 have been announced. The event will take place on June 2nd at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA. Doors open at 12pm and tickest are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. You can get the latest information here. The following bands have been confirmed:

Necrophagist
Bury Your Dead
A Life Once Lost
Full Blown Chaos
Decapitated
Cephalic Carnage
Suicide Silence
Cattle Decapitation
As Blood Runs Black
Nora
Ion Dissonance
The Faceless
Arsis
Beneath the Massacre
Since the Flood
Stick to Your Guns
Unholy

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Hear Nora's "Somebody Call Somebody" Online

A new song from Jersey's NORA, "Somebody Call Somebody," has been made available for streaming online. The album hits stores everywhere June 19, but you can pre-order it now.

NORA will be playing on Friday, April 27th at New England Metalfest on the Main Stage alongside Dimmu Borgir, Walls Of Jericho, Bury Your Dead, and many more.

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Lineup

The lineup has been announced for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The event will be headlined by black metal act Dimmu Borgir and feature performances from Bury Your Dead, Kylesa, The Devil Wears Prada, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Death Before Dishonor, Dead Hearts, Unearth, Shai Hulud and many more.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.

The full lineup is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Nora To Record New Album This Fall

Nora has written roughly eight songs for their next Trustkill Records release. The band plans to enter the studio to begin tracking the effort in late-September or early-October. According to bassist Mike Olender, "Expect a different kind of Nora record this time around. There's definitely a strong and distinct mix of our influences on this one. We don't have any names for the songs yet (due to a lack of lyrics at this point) but our insider names for them are animals - wolf, eagle, bear, etc. Kinda strange, I have to say... but amusing nonetheless."

Meanwhile, Nora will tour Japan in October.

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Nora Prepares New Album

Nora continues to write material for new album. According to the band, "We're hard at work doing the weeding-out process for the stuff we've written, so...there's a lot of arguing. That's normal, though, if there wasn't arguing, it wouldn't be Nora." The group recently indicated that they are in talks with producer Rob Cagiano (Bleeding Through) to handle production on the new effort.

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Burnt by the Sun To Reunite For Final Album

Burnt by the Sun's original line-up, including recently departed vocalist Mike Olender and drummer Dave Witte, will be reuniting (along with new guitarist Nick Hale) to write a final album for Relapse Records in 2006. After over a year of patting back and forth on the prospects for a reunion, the band has decided to work around conflicting schedules, careers and family obligations to write another record.

"After hearing the new material and thinking about what could be done, the feelings of leaving something unfinished made themselves very present and also re-confirmed the lost connection between us, said Witte. “I am happy that we have grown in the time that has past and will be able to finish what we started."

With Witte now based in Richmond and constantly on tour with Municipal Waste and Melt Banana, and Olender having limiting career obligations and commitments to Nora and For the Love Of, the band is going to do what it takes to satisfy its needs for a final record.

Fans can expect a conceptual continuation of the last record but much heavier music, in the spirit of the older material. "Frankly, the new material knocked me out," added Olender. "It is layered, dark and very heavy. It is music that speaks of the times we’re in."

Recording is expected in 2006. So far, one new track, "Tacolypse Now", has been written. The record will also feature a re-recorded track from the split ep with Luddite Clone.

Matt Bayles will once again be producing the band.

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Unearth, Chimaira, God Forbid Play "Mini Hellfest"

Because Hellfest was cancelled this year in New Jersey, Unearth has announced on their website that they played last night (Aug 18) at the Starland Ballroom with Chimaira, God Forbid, Madball, Nora, Six Feet Under, the Banner and If Hope Dies.

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.

The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...

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Every Time I Die and Nora Trade Band Members

Every Time I Die have ousted bassist Kevin Falk for personal reasons. Falk joined the band less than three months ago. ETID have subsequently recruited Nora bassist Chris Byrnes as a replacement. As such, former Burnt By The Sun vocalist, and original Nora guitarist, Mike Olender will be taking his place. Nora are currently writing new material while also finishing up a DVD. Meanwhile, the group will play the first date of the Sounds Of The Underground tour, in addition to Hellfest. Additionally, Nora plans to play the West Coast and Puerto Rico in August, as well as the UK in early-fall.

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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More On Frank Piegaro Benefit Concert

XOXO Records is coordinating a benefit show for Frank Piegaro that will take place on June 4th in New Jersey. Known for his work in bands like Ensign and Degenerics, Piagaro is dealing with mounting medical bills stemming from the treatment he's received for the blood disease, Xanthoma Disseminatum. Here's the official Piagaro story: More...

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God Forbid Announce Benefit Concert

New Jersey thrashers God Forbid will play a benefit concert on June 4 at the Wayne Firehouse in Wayne, New Jersey. Proceeds from the gig will support their friend Frank Piegaro, former guitarist for the Degenerics and Ensign. Piegaro has been battling a rare skin disease for several years, and money raised during the show will help fund his recovery. Nora, the Number Twelve Looks Like You, Fanshen and Hot Cross will also perform; tickets are priced at $15.

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Nora Begin Work On New Record

Nora have returned to the "basement" to begin work on their next full-length. The group starting writing new material last month and several songs are now beginning to materialize. According to frontman Carl Severson, "[the material is] heavier and feels like a natural progression from 'Dreamers and Deadmen'." The effort has tentatively been titled "Save Yourself," and although no studio time has been booked thus far, look for the record to hit stores in 2005 through Trustkill Records. Meanwhile, the Nora have lined up a handful of dates:

10/17 Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown w/ Madball, more
10/31 Montclair NJ @ Bloomfield Ave. Cafe w/ The Banner, more
11/10 Norfolk VA @ TBA w/ Atreyu
11/14 Syracuse NY @ Club Tundra w/ Mastodon, If Hope Dies, more
11/21 New York NY @ CBGBs w/ A Life Once Lost, For The Love Of, more

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Scarlet "Taking A Break"

SCARLET have cancelled their European Tour with NORA and are taking "a break" since their equipment was recently stolen.

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Nora Add Second Guitarist

New Jersey's Nora have now officially added second guitarist Steve "SteveJeff" Chladnicek to their lineup. Chladnicek, of fellow Jersey group Spearing Jocasta, will appear with the band beginning on April 2nd. Following a few select shows, Nora will embark on a mini-tour with Avenged Sevenfold et al, followed by Midwest and West Coast show in May and June. Here's the latest: More...

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Nora's Video For "I Should've Sent Flowers" Online

Trustkill Records has launched the new NORA video for "I Should've Sent Flowers", directed by Dale Restighini (HATEBREED, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD), and comes off their new album "Dreamers And Deadmen". Download it at the following link:

http://www.trustkill.com/multimedia/videos/

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A Day At The Park Festival Bands Revealed

On May 2nd, A Day At The Park Fest will be taking place at the Newburgh Skatepark in Newburgh, NY. The show will start at noon and include the following bands:

Dying Fetus
Burnt By The Sun
Bleeding Through
Most Precious Blood
All Out War
Terror
Throwdown
The Bled
Walls Of Jericho
Between The Buried And Me
Nora
Comeback Kid
The Red Chord
Name Taken
Salem

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