Dimmu Borgir have posted a lengthy statement addressing the drama brought about by former members Mustis and ICS Vortex being kicked out of the band earlier this week. Here it is:
"Man, what a shitstorm response!
Too bad all the shit is thrown in the wrong direction.
Oh, well, what else could we expect?
We don't blame you as you still haven't heard the other side, the band's side.
We have put up with unprofessionalism and bad live performances for years. This couldn't be ignored anymore as we firmly believe the fans deserve the best on both records and shows.
First of all, a big thank you to those who still have their own mind intact and believe in the music of the band and not only judge by what is falsely accused in statements posted online by recently fired members based on their ignorance, bitterness and greed. A quite normal human response when being disappointed, but we hope you kept in mind the saying that goes: 'Those who scream the loudest have the most to hide…' but: 'Only when we're calm we'll be able to listen.'
Atheist are currently streaming "Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" in its entirety over at this location.
"Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" is the complete live set from the band's 2006 reunion gig at Wacken Open Air Festival recorded in front of 60,000 fans.
"Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken" comes as a two-disc set with the second CD containing a collection of essential Atheist tracks as hand-picked by the band. The two are packaged together complete with a 24-page booklet that contains photos and extensive liner notes from the band detailing the Wacken experience and why they chose the selected tracks. Unquestionable Presence: Live At Wacken was released in July through Relapse Records.
The Blikfest organization has revealed the complete line up of the sixth edition of the Blikfest Festival 2009 set to take place on November 7 at JH Togenblik, at Beveren-Waas, Belgium.
The only international band and headliner of the festival will be Negură Bunget. Other acts set to appear on Blikfest are Battalion, Psalm, Artrach and Nemean. All four bands have already proven themselves as high quality bands in the Belgian metal scene.
Ticket reservations will open in a few days. All info at http://blikfest.be.
"Down With The Sun", the new video from Finnish metallers Insomnium, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Ville Rissanen of Obscure Entertainment. The video was filmed in high-definition and captures the band in a live soundstage setting.
The Black Dahlia Murder will be headlining the Bonecrusher Fest 2010 European Tour. An official statement reads as follows:
Having garnered much attention and praise for the popular Never Say Die! Club tour, Avocado Booking has helped bring the best and brightest acts of the hardcore, metal, and punk realms to audiences all over Europe. Now they're flexing their muscles in both extreme, chest-pounding metal with a stellar package tour dubbed: Bonecrusher Fest !
The bill comprises:
The Black Dahlia Murder | 3 Inches Of Blood | Necrophobic | Obscura (rotating slot) | The Faceless (rotating slot) | Carnifex (rotating slot) | Ingested
The Black Dahlia Murder's singer Trevor Strnad has this to say: "We are very excited to be the drunken hosts of the Bonecrusher tour. In cooperation with the wonderful Avocado, we have assembled quite a brutal line up for all tastes of the extreme. We are to be joined in this merciless campaign by our bearded brethren in 3 Inches Of Blood, personal favorites Necrophobic, Carnifex, Obscura, The Faceless and one of the UK's finest, Ingested. You'd be a fool to miss such a killer line up! Come out to the show and leave in an urn... bones crushed!"
Isis have announced the following European tour dates. Isis will also be part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia. The band also stated they will be playing dates in New Zealand and Japan. Those dates will be announced later.
10/13/2009 Dublin, IE - Button Factory
10/21/2009 London, UK - Koko
10/22/2009 Cork, IE - Cyprus Avenue
10/24/2009 Belfast, IE - Black Box
10/25/2009 Glasgow, UK - Stereo
10/27/2009 Manchester, UK - Academy
10/28/2009 Birmingham, UK - Asylum
10/30/2009 Koln, DE - Essigfabrik
10/31/2009 Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
11/01/2009 Malmo, SE - KB w/ Dälek
11/02/2009 Gothenburg, SE - Parken w/ Dälek
11/03/2009 Oslo, NO - Betong w/ Dälek
11/04/2009 Stockholm, SE - Strand w/ Dälek
Southern California's heavy fuzz rockers Fu Manchu have completed work on their eleventh full length album. The electrifying group will drop "Signs Of Infinite Power" on October 20, 2009 via Century Media Records.
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, Fu Manchu has since become one of hard rock's most celebrated names. The band released its first single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged "stoner rock" alongside peers such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Sleep. Since its inception, the quartet has built itself a fanatical army of loyal enthusiasts all drawn to the group's ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on "old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction."
Evile has posted three preview tracks from their new album online. Songs are called "Nosophoros", "Now Demolition" and "Infected Nations". Head over to the band's MySpace page to check them out.
"Infected Nations" is scheduled for release on September 21 in Europe (September 22 in North America) via Earache Records.
Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake commented about the first track "Infected Nation": "Finally, we can show you a track off the upcoming album "Infected Nations", funnily enough the first track being "Infected Nation". It's been very hard to pick out just one track to initially show the world, as there is such diversity on this album and I wanted to showcase the different direction we're going in. I think "Infected Nation" is a good place to start in showing you, as it still has the pure thrash feel to it but with an injection of our new path musically."
After being dissed by Dimmu Borgir last weekend - Link] - vocalist Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs' webmaster has revealed the man's future plans:
"I think that now is the right time to post some news on the future music plans of ICS Vortex.
Simen will have a meeting with Lamented Souls in mid September to plan a new release and a few gigs in Norway. There is another meeting also planned with Arcturus members to discuss about the future of the band and a possible reunite. Nothing's for certain yet but keep visiting back the page as more announcements will take place about Simen's projects in the very near future!"
"Solfernus' Path", the fifth full-length studio album from Polish dark metallers DARZAMAT, will be available for streaming in its entirety on the French webzine Heavylaw.com (http://www.heavylaw.com/ ) An exclusive listening session will be at website on Friday 4 September. The album will be playing for 24 hours only. It's free for everyone.
"Solfernus' Path" was released in Europe on August 28 through Massacre Records and in Japan via Spiritual Beast Records. The CD was recorded in Poland under the supervision of Jaroslaw Toifl, with whom the band had previously worked on 2005's "Transkarpatia" (Metal Mind Productions in Europe, MVD in the USA). There are two great guests on the album: King Diamond's Andy La Rocque (guitar solo in "King of the Burning Anthems") and Stone Sour's Roy Mayorga (opening intro). The artwork for the new CD was created by MentalPorn.com Agency, which has previously worked with such bands as Deathstars and Behemoth. The album was mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry guitarist) of Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden.
The brand new full-length effort from Swedish death metallers My Own Grave, entitled "Necrology", is now available for streaming in its full entirety at the Pulverised Records Myspace page. The My Own Grave e-card also includes the behind-the-scenes video footage of how "Necrology" was spawned. The e-card will stay on the website for 2 weeks starting on 10th of July 2009 till 23th July 2009.
"Necrology" cover art] tracklist:
01. Awaiting Death
03. Hail The Blind
04. None Shall See
05. Disciples Of War
07. Bloodline Broken
Guitarist Shagrath has issued the following update on behalf of Chrome Division:
"Hail all you Rock 'n' Rollers out there! We thought it would be the right time for a little update from Hell, to all the Chromers out there. A lot of things are happening in the Chrome Camp these days, and not everything is ok for some...
First and foremost, we've decided to part ways with Eddie Guz, the voice of Chrome since 2005. He's out, due to lack of dedication and commitment to the band. Since the band is more active than ever, it would only slow down the tempo of achieving their future goals. This decision needed to be done for the benefit of Chrome Division. Eddie Guz will still remain a friend and a drinking buddy, but sometimes friendship and music don't always blend easily together. But we ensure our fans that there is no need to worry.
Dimmu Borgir keyboardist Øyvind "Mustis" Mustaparta has issued the following statement on his MySpace page:
"Attention to all the worldwide fans of my work with Dimmu Borgir. I feel that I must begin my note to you all by saying that your dedication and interest in my musical work with Dimmu Borgir has been greatly appreciated by me for many, many years and you all have motivated me to continue to push the creative envelope farther each and every day. You might be able to see where this note is heading and if you are thinking correctly you will know that I am informing you all that I am no longer associated with the band and have left the ranks of Dimmu Borgir effective immediately.
On December, 18, 2009, the new Tankard DVD "Open All Night - Reloaded" will be released via AFM Records.
The DVD will contain a Tankard live show, recorded on the "Thrashing East" Festival which has taken place in East-Berlin on the 4th of March in 1990. Furthermore, the DVD will contain live recordings from the Rock Hard Festival 2007, the video clips "The Beauty And The Beast", "Stay Thirsty!" and "Forza SGE" and many outtakes.
In resume, the new DVD will include over 3 hours of Tankard fun.