Symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir will be performing one very exclusive show with a special, never-to-be-repeated set list with 53 members of Kork (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum Choir, who were musical guests on the Billboard-charting ninth studio album, Abrahadabra.
For fans of Dimmu's Wagnerian-inspired majesty, Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway promises to be a momentous once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this is the band's only confirmed worldwide appearance throughout the summer.
Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz states: "It is with great pride and a sense of fulfillment that we can finally announce this event as yet another ambition becomes reality!" Adds vocalist Shagrath: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen. Dimmu Borgir makes it happen. The circle will now be complete."
Orange Goblin will be returning to the US to celebrate the band's 15th Anniversary with a full nationwide tour in May and June.
Support on all dates (with the exception of Maryland Deathfest and Chicago) comes from Indianapolis doom metal heroes The Gates Of Slumber and Brooklyn's heavy psych-freaks Naam.
These tour dates will coincide with the US re-release of the first five Orange Goblin albums, recorded on Rise Above Records and made available in the US through Metal Blade. They will also be available as a limited edition box-set.
Orange Goblin: North American tour dates:
05/28 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
05/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
05/31 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mark Gromen from BW&BK wrote the following special road report, revealing more details regarding Amorphis' upcoming new album, scheduled for a May 27th release through Nuclear Blast.
"In Sonic Pump Studios, on the outskirts of Helsinki, Amorphis premiered their latest twelve track opus for an assemblage of foreign journalists, as well as homegrown fans. Even the album artwork is still in transition, as an egg hovers in the clouds above a groove of snow covered pine trees, the familiar arched Hammer Of Thor symbol is crudely depicted on the shell. Neither label reps, nor management had heard the album prior to the listening session! Bold move.
The still unmastered disc, rumored to go under the title of Beginning Of Time (the last song on the album) will be finalized within the coming week.
Polish black metal band Vesania will embark on the Unholy Carnival Tour in April.
The band - which features in its ranks Behemoth bassist Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski on vocals and guitar, UnSun/Decapitated bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha, and Dimmu Borgir session drummer Darek "Daray" Brzozowski - will share the stage with Azarath and Nomad.
Demonaz (his passport says Harald Nævdal) - former guitarist and main lyricist for Immortal - will release his first solo album, March Of The Norse, on April 1st in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Old demo versions of two tracks, called "Over The Mountains" and "Dying Sun", can be streamed below or on MySpace. Both tracks were recorded in 2007 at the Soundsurf Studios in Bergen, Norway.
The line-up on those demos was completed by Immortal guitarist Abbath on bass and former Immortal drummer Armagedda, together with guitarist Ice Dale (Enslaved, Gorgoroth, I)
March Of The Norse cover art] tracklist:
01. Northern Hymn
02. All Blackened Sky
03. March Of The Norse
"Hate Is My Fuel", the new video from German metallers Destruction, can be viewed at this location. The clip was produced by Berlin, Germany's Roax Films and was filmed on December 31, 2010 at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland.
"Hate Is My Fuel" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Day Of Reckoning, was released in Europe on February 18 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Air 2 Music is proud to announce the re-release on digital format of the full discographies of Nostromo, Lycosia and Sin on April 11th.
Album previews and samples of all three bands can be streamed over here and at this location.
Nostromo is a now-defunct surgical grindcore/metalcore act from Switzerland (more info on MySpace).
Ten years ago, Lycosia were at the forefront of the Gothic Rock scene in France, creating a unic rock music tainted with pop, metal, electronica, and oriental Caucasian vibes. The band's new album will be released at the end of 2011 (more info on MySpace).
Sin are a French industrial rock act, playing a mix of complex electronica, and poetical powerful rock. The band is set to release a conceptual DVD any time soon (more info on MySpace).
Chicago's murder metal pioneers Macabre have announced a European headlining tour in April.
This four-week trip will kick-off on April 15th and includes a performance at Neurotic Deathfest on April 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands. Touring alongside Macabre are Dutch porngrind kings Rompeprop and an additional - soon to be announced - special guest. A complete listing of confirmed Macabre tour dates can be found below, with more to be announced soon.
Macabre is touring in support of their recently released full-length album Grim Scary Tales, marking the band's 25th anniversary and return in the original line-up. Grim Scary Tales was released via Hammerheart Records in Europe on January 31st featuring thirteen tracks of the special Murder Metal blend, thematically dealing on historic (serial)-killers such as Nero and Dracula.
Swedish death metal act Nominon has issued the following update on the band's current activities:
"Some kick ass news: a shorter European trek is now under construction between late March and early April. Support will come from the fleshy German deathsters Lifeless, a band that just released a killer fucking debut album on IbexMoon Records. So what are you clubs and promoters waiting for?! Drop us a mail if you're interested to book this package. For more details and already confirmed dates, check Gigs!
Furthermore we have to reveal some sort of severe news as well, since it's now obvious that longtime Nominon member Christian "AntiChristian" Strömblad has been forced to lay his axe to rest for the time being due to some personal shit. Nominon collectively wishes Mr Strömblad all the best of luck and hope that everything will work out for the best. What we have accomplished and yet also what we've been going through during the last six years together is something that only a handful of people in the world would have managed to come out of alive, yet we fucking pulled it off.