Latest news: Thu, Jul 02 2015
Thu, Jul 02 2015: DESTRÖYER 666
Season of Mist are proud to announce the re-signing of DESTRÖYER 666. The influential metal cult act will again release its next extreme masterpiece on the label. Confirmed festival dates can be viewed below.
Regarding their re-signing, KK comments: "Believing it is preferable to go with the devil you know, DESTRÖYER 666 have signed for our next album with Season of Mist."
Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian adds: "Even though they are not the easiest to deal with, re-signing DESTRÖYER 666 is something I really wanted. When you operate in the metal scene, you sometimes need to face the real bad boys. This is not about playing safe."
On further news, DESTRÖYER 666 have already announced several festival appearances this summer and beyond. See below for the dates.
04 Sep 15 Vaires-Torcy (FR) Fall of Summer Festival
09 Oct 15 Bucuresti (RO) Old Grave Festival
16 Oct 15 Sélestat (FR) Rock Your Brain Fest
17 Oct 15 Bron (FR) Black Arts Ceremony IV
30 Oct 15 Dublin (IE) Fires of Samhain: Initium
12 Nov 15 Helsinki (FI) Black Flames of Blasphemy
28 May 16 Baltimore, MD (US) Maryland Deathfest (exact date TBA)
01 Jul 16 Bengtsfors (SE) 2Heavy4You Festival
DESTRÖYER 666 are currently building a South American tour for mid-January 2016, followed by Australian gigs afterwards.
No strangers to the scene, KK and DESTRÖYER 666 are back spitting fire, venom, and vitriol!
Set to record late July, their forthcoming album promises a return to their thrashing roots - with a healthy dose of heavy metal sensibilities thrown in for good measure.
When asked about the delay between albums, KK responded: "I have been busy with what every red blooded headbanger wants to do: tons of sex, drugs, and heavy metal - just a lot more from all of it than I had planned. Well, now I have taken a break from such things to finish the album, deal with wankers, and start gigging again."
Currently DESTRÖYER 666 are getting ready for their next heavy and hard strike!
KK - guitars, vocals
Ro - guitars, vocals
Felipe - bass
Perra - drums
Thu, Jul 02 2015: ROTTING CHRIST
ROTTING CHRIST are now streaming the first track from their forthcoming double live album 'Lucifer Over Athens', which is scheduled for a worldwide release on August 21st and available for pre-order here. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below. The captivating live version of "Athanatoi Este" is exclusively premiered by the following official media partners:
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Metal Obsession (AU)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Metal Hammer (UK)
No Clean Singing (US)
Regarding the song, Sakis comments: "The reason that we have chosen 'Athanatoi Este' as the first track to represent and give you an idea about our first ever official live album 'Lucifer Over Athens' lies in the translation of this song’s title: 'You Are Immortals'! It is to all our dedicated followers that we give our deepest respect and love, which will be: immortal!"
The Greek legends are also unveiling the fantastic artwork for 'Lucifer Over Athens', which was created by American artist Nurgeslag, who already provided the cover of ROTTING CHRIST's latest masterpiece 'Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού' (2013). Cover and tracklist of the live album can both be viewed below.
Sakis comments on 'Lucifer Over Athens': "After having been active for 27 years in the metal scene and after playing more than over 1.200 shows in every corner of this planet, we have finally decided to release our first official live album ever! We have worked hard to make this record as rich as possible by including many fan favourites, while paying tribute to all phases of this band at the same time. We will take you back to our demo days and bring you right up to our contemporary creations. This is a live record with a soul. We invite you to a journey into the majestic world of ROTTING CHRIST!"
ROTTING CHRIST have furthermore announced a string of festival dates for 2015. A full list of all confirmed shows can be viewed below:
05 Jul 15 Roitzschjora (DE) With Full Force
09 Jul 15 Neskaupsstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug
23 Jul 15 Tolmin (SI) Metal Days
24 Jul 15 Hamburg (DE) Schlatfest
25 Jul 15 Lörrach (DE) Baden in Blut Open Air
06 Aug 15 Schlotheim (DE) Fluglatz Obermehler (Party.San Open Air)
21 Aug 15 Uckeralm (DE) Burning Alm Festival
22 Aug 15 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Festival
30 Aug 15 Istanbul (TR) Headbangers Weekend Festival
01 Oct 15 Trondheim (NO) Trondheim Metal Fest
ROTTING CHRIST finally release their first official live album. It is nothing but appropriate that a band with a 27 year success story, 11 albums, and more than 1.200 shows under their belts celebrate this event with a double album. 'Lucifer Over Athens' was recorded in the Greeks' hometown in front of a crowd going wild in December 2013. This striking testimony of the veterans' massive prowess on stage marks a high point in the career of ROTTING CHRIST. With a stable and strong line-up, band leader Sakis confidently marches his phalanx not only to conquer the live audience but also to capture the listener with 'Lucifer Over Athens'. This grandiose show of force is supported by a gigantic barrage of classics and fan favourites to grace a carefully selected setlist. The Greeks also worked extremely hard on recording and preserving the atmosphere and live sound of the concert for this document.
Sakis Tolis: vocals, guitars
Themis Tolis: drums
Vangelis Karzis: bass
George Emmanuel: guitars
Thu, Jul 02 2015: ABBATH
ABBATH, now consisting of frontman Abbath (vocals/guitar), King on bass, and new drummer Creature, are announcing their first European tour in winter 2016! The Norwegians will be joining BEHEMOTH, while label mates INQUISITION as well as ENTOMBED AD are opening. Winter is coming and with it the hottest extreme metal tour of 2016.
Regarding the tour, King comments: "We look forward to sharing European stages with class acts such as BEHEMOTH, INQUISITION, and ENTOMBED AD. We will tour for the first time in support of our new album due to be released early 2016 by Season of Mist. Lock up your wives, daughters, and horses cause we're soon coming to a town near you!"
For a list of all confirmed dates including forthcoming festival performances and headliner shows, please see below.
Tour with BEHEMOTH, INQUISITION and ENTOMBED AD
29 Jan 16 København (DK) Amager Bio
30 Jan 16 Götenborg (SE) Traedgarn
31 Jan 16 Stockholm (SE) Arenan
02 Feb 16 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
03 Feb 16 Berlin (DE) Astra
04 Feb 16 Praha (CZ) Meetfactory
05 Feb 16 Essen (DE) Weststadthalle
07 Feb 16 Antwerp (BE) Trix
10 Feb 16 Fribourg (CH) Fri-Son
11 Feb 16 Trezzo sull´Adda (IT)
12 Feb 16 Pratteln (CH) Z 7
13 Feb 16 München (DE) Backstage
08 Aug 15 Montréal (CA) Parc Jean-Drapeau (Heavy Montréal Festival)
04 Sep 15 Zürich (CH) Meh Suff Metal Festival
05 Sep 15 Torcy (FR) Fall of Summer
18 Sep 15 London (UK) The Forum
20 Feb 16 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
ABBATH performed a celebrated show at Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland last weekend, where the Norwegians spectacularly headlined the Inferno stage on Saturday night. See below for a stage shot by Timo Isoaho. You can find more pictures in this gallery of Metal Hammer UK.
At Tuska, ABBATH premiered a brand new song titled 'Fenrir Hunts', which was played alongside classic IMMORTAL material including 'One By One', and a handful of songs from Abbath' and King's 2006 project 'I'.
Abbath anounced that he was moving forward under his own name earlier this year. The Immortal frontman and songwriter has been working on new material and the band will enter the studio this summer to record ABBATH' debut album, which will be released early 2016.
A picture of the new line-up can be viewed below.
Thu, Jul 02 2015: DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
This year's great Graspop Metal Meeting show of DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT is now streaming here. The German black metal innovators have furthermore released an updated schedule of festivals and concerts in support of their current album 'Stellar' for this summer and autumn in Europe. You can view a full list of currently confirmed dates below.
Festival and Headlining Shows
04 Jul 15 Münster (DE) Vainstream
16 Jul 15 Viveiro (ES) Resurrection Fest
25 Jul 15 Zürich (CH) Werk 21
26 Jul 15 München (DE) Backstage (Free & Easy Festival)
15 Aug 15 Saint-Nolff (FR) Motocultor Festival
20 Aug 15 Alba Iulia (RO) Dark Bombastic Evening
19 Sep 15 St. Pölten (AT) STP Metalweekend
Shows with SHINING in Benelux
16 Oct 15 Venlo (NL) Grenswerk
17 Oct 15 Hasselt (BE) Muziekodroom
Festival and headlining shows
06 Nov 15 Aalen (DE) Rock in Aalen (+Delirium)
07 Nov 15 Erfurt (DE) Club From Hell (+Waldschrat)
Shows with SHINING and IMPERIUM DEKADENZ in Germany
12 Nov 15 München (DE) Backstage
13 Nov 15 Stuttgart (DE) Keller Klub
14 Nov 15 Essen (DE) Turock
15 Nov 15 Köln (DE) Underground
17 Nov 15 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
18 Nov 15 Berlin (DE) Magnet
19 Nov 15 Hamburg (DE) Logo
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Thu, Jul 02 2015: CYNIC
CYNIC just announced their eagerly awaited European headliner tour in support of their latest album 'Kindly Bent to Free Us' in October. The prog legend will be joined by TIDES OF NEBULA as well as Paul Masvidal's and Amy Correia's shared project ONWARD WITH LOVE. Do not miss this rare opportunity.
"We are ecstatic to be coming to Europe and sharing the CYNIC frequency with fans across the pond”, Masvidal comments. “CYNIC will be performing as a trio with many new surprises yet to be seen and heard in this tight format. Also pleased to have TIDES OF NEBULA and my new project with Amy Correia called ONWARD WITH LOVE (OwL) to share with the community."
For a list of all confirmed dates, please see below.
CYNIC +TIDES FROM NEBULA +ONWARD WITH LOVE
01 Oct 15 Berlin (DE) Magnet
02 Oct 15 Aarhus (DK) Voxhall
03 Oct 15 Köln (DE) Euroblast
04 Oct 15 Sittard (NL) Volt
05 Oct 15 London (UK) Underworld
06 Oct 15 Paris (FR) La Maroquinerie
07 Oct 15 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
08 Oct 15 Ljubljana (SI) Channel Zero
09 Oct 15 Budapest (HU) Blue Hell
10 Oct 15 München (DE) Backstage
CNYIC in Japan
04 Sep 15 Tokyo (JP) Club Asia
05 Sep 15 Tokyo (JP) Unit
06 Sep 15 Osaka (JP) Drop
CYNIC will be touring in support of their latest album 'Kindly Bent to Free Us' (2014), which is still available in various formats and alongside other item from the band's catalogue from the Season of Mist shop and streaming in full here.
Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below:
Paul Masvidal – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Sean Reinert – drums
Sean Malone – bass, stick
Thu, Jul 02 2015: ARCHSPIRE
Technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE have released a pro-shot live clip of the track "Rapid Elemental Dissolve" taken from their current album 'The Lucid Collective'. The high-quality soundboard mixing van be viewed here. This footage was taken during the band's stop in Montreal, Canada as part of their recent North American tour alongside ABORTED. Please see below for new show dates.
ARCHSPIRE have announced two special shows in August. The first will be as part of this year's Louisville Deathfest. There the band will perform alongside ARSIS, MALIGNANCY, DISGORGE, ALLEGAEON, and more. The second show sees the band headlining in Johannesburg, which will be their first time in South Africa.
08 Aug 15 Louisville, KY (US) Diamond Pub (Louisville Deathfest)
22 Aug 15 Johannesburg (SA) Iron Tusk
ARCHSPIRE are touring in support of their acclaimed new album 'The Lucid Collective', which has been garnering rave reviews for its ferocious blend of technical prowess and extreme speed. 'The Lucid Collective' is streaming here and available from the Season of Mist shop.
ARCHSPIRE previously released a guitar play through of the track "Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain" with Ibanez Guitars. The clip features guitarists Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli, and is part of an ongoing series of technical videos provided by the band. This includes an instructional guitar column via Gear Gods, guitar and drum instruction clips of the track "Lucid Collective Somnambulation" at Guitar World and DRUM! Magazine respectively, as well as two vocal play-throughs featuring front-man Oliver Rae Aleron for the tracks "Fathom Infinite Depth" and "Lucid Collective Somnambulation". A video of drummer Spencer Prewett playing live at this year's Housecore Horror Fest, which can be viewed at SickDrummer.com.
"If you are asking, 'Is there something new to do in Death Metal?' ARCHSPIRE is the answer" (Technicaldeathmetal.com)
"This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drum-work, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE's... This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them." (No Clean Singing)
"ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It’s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I’ve ever heard in this genre." (Invisible Oranges)
"The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What’s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on." (Terrorizer Magazine)
Thu, Jul 02 2015: BEYOND CREATION
BEYOND CREATION have premiered a play-through video for the track "L'Exorde" at the Guitar World site. This song was taken from the band's acclaimed new album 'Earthborn Evolution', which is available here. See the fast-rising contenders for the progressive death metal throne live at one of the summer shows listed below.
BEYOND CREATION have previously announced to be joining this year's annual Summer Slaughter tour in North America, which kicks of in Denver, CO on July 28th. The technical death metal innovators will play alongside ARCH ENEMY, BORN OF OSIRIS, VEIL OF MAYA, OBSCURA, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
28 Jul 15 Denver, CO (US) The Summit Music Hall
30 Jul 15 Des Moines, IA (US) Val Air Ballroom
31 Jul 15 Minneapolis, MN (US) Skyway Theater
01 Aug 15 Joliet, IL (US) Mojoes
02 Aug 15 Cleveland, OH (US) The Agora Theatre
03 Aug 15 Columbus, OH (US) The Northland Performing Arts Center
05 Aug 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Electric Factory
07 Aug 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Heavy MTL
08 Aug 15 Worcester, MA (US) The Palladium
09 Aug 15 Sayreville, NJ (US) Starland Ballroom
12 Aug 15 New York, NY (US) Webster Hall w/ The All Stars Tour
13 Aug 15 Baltimore, MD (US) Rams Head Live
15 Aug 15 Knoxville, TN (US) The International
17 Aug 15 Dallas, TX (US) Gas Monkey Live!
18 Aug 15 Austin, TX (US) Empire Control Room & Garage
20 Aug 15 Tempe, AZ (US) The Marquee
21 Aug 15 San Diego, CA (US) House of Blues
22 Aug 15 Anaheim, CA (US) City National Grove Of Anaheim
23 Aug 15 San Francisco, CA (US) The Regency Ballroom