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Latest news: Tue, Apr 04 2017, BAPTISM

Latest release: "V: The Devil's Fire"

Release date: Fri, Jul 22 2016, US Fri, Jul 22 2016

BAPTISM have announced four festival appearances in Europe and the USA this summer in support of their latest release 'V: The Devil's Fire'.

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The Finnish black metal veterans will start at the Steelfest Open Air in Hyvinkää, Finland on May 20th and after hitting Chicago in the US and Helsinki's prestigious Tuska Open Air in June, the final curtain will fall at the Forest Fest in Chevenez, Switzerland on the 15th of July.

BAPTISM festivals
20 May 17 Hyvinkää (FI) Steelfest Open Air
09 Jun 17 Chicago, IL (US) Cathedral of the Black Goat fest vol. 9
30 Jun 17 Helsinki (FI) Tuska Open Air
15 Jul 17 Chevenez (CH) Forest Fest Open Air VI

BAPTISM will be performing in support of their latest full-length 'V: The Devil's Fire', which was released on the 22nd of July. Artwork and track-list of 'V: The Devil's Fire' can be viewed below.

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  1. Natus Ex Ignis
  2. Satananda
  3. The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash
  4. Devil’s Fire
  5. Abyss
  6. Cold Eternity
  7. Malignant Shadows
  8. Buried With Him

'V: The Devil's Fire' can still be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

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Biography

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Black metal orthodoxy demands a raw and unbound fierceness in the musical expression that is counterbalanced by epic melodies buried underneath a shredding onslaught and majestic atmospheres as well as corpsepaint, hoods and spikes in the visuals enhanced by Satanic mysticism on the lyrical side. All of this is delivered to the dark letter by BAPTISM, who also let their Finnish roots clearly show through their hellish sound.

Era I: BAPTISM was formed by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Lord Sargofagian and Demoniun on drums in the Finnish town of Ylöjärvi in 1998. As early as the summer of the same year, the first and now extremely rare demo 'Satanic Rituals' was released. A second demo entitled 'Sons of Ruin & Terror' followed in the year 2000. The band was joined by Slaughterer on bass in 2001 and this line-up unleashed first full-length 'The Beherial Midnight' (2002), as well as sophomore album 'Wisdom & Hate' (2003). Afterwards, Lord Sargofagian relocated his centre of activity to Kuopio and his former allies left the band.

Era II: BAPTISM quickly reformed in Kuopio, when Lord Sargofagian met Spellgoth and SG.7 joined the band before taking on duties as live guitarist and singing clean vocals. The EP 'Black Ceremony' as well as a split 7" with Uncreation's Dawn followed in 2004. Local musicians Kobalt on drums as well as SDS and Cinatas were added to the group, which performed their first live ritual in Kouvola, Finland. More live appearances materialised in their home country after the release of a third full-length entitled 'Morbid Wings of Sathanas' (2005). On the following EP 'Evil Mysteries' (2006), Lord Sargofagian was responsible for playing all instruments.

Era III: BAPTISM experienced another change of line-up when their mastermind returned to western Finland by moving to Tampere. Cinatas handed his duties over to M, who became the band's third bassist. The black metal outfit began to perform internationally in 2007. LRH became session drummer for the next album 'Grim Arts Of Melancholy' (2008), while TG took over as lead guitarist from SDS. The EP 'Chalice of Death' (2010) was recorded and released amidst rituals all over Europe and led to a mini tour in Russia. In the meantime Syphon became the fourth bass player for the Finns.

Era IV: BAPTISM unleashed their next full-length 'As the Darkness Enters' in 2012 for which the men from the north toured during the following year including a first ritual in the USA. A number of reissues of earlier material followed in 2014 as demand for these cult releases had reached new heights. This was emphasised by the rarities compilation album 'Gloria Tibi Satana', which was released early 2015.

Era V: BAPTISM sign a new record deal with Season of Mist. A new album is planned for release in 2016. The writing process is currently a work in progress... AMSG.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Lord S. Vocals, guitar, songwriting
SG.7 Guitar
TG Lead guitar
Syphon Bass
LRH Drums

Releases Season of Mist

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V: The Devil's Fire

General information
: Fri, Jul 22 2016
: Fri, Jul 22 2016
: Black Metal
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: available

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Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sat, May 20 2017 FI Hyvinkää Steelfest Open Air
Fri, Jun 09 2017 US Chicago, IL Cathedral of the Black Goat fest vol. 9
Fri, Jun 30 2017 FI Helsinki Tuska Open Air
Sat, Jul 15 2017 CH Chevenez Forest Fest Open Air VI
Fri, Dec 15 2017 NL Eindhoven Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017 Exact date TBA
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