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Ulver - New Album Planned For 2011

Ulver has issued the following band update on their MySpace site:

"Ok, so now we have been on the road, and it has been rewarding, all fear and loathing considered. We are a domestic pack these days. The children miss their parents and we miss them. So. We have decided to limit next year's touring to two shorter blocks, one before and one after summer, plus an odd festival here and there. We would also very much like to make a few apperances overseas.

2011 is the future, a Critical Geography, the new album of Ulver. The anthological presentation we've been hiding behind since Lillehammer is history after Warsaw.

We are stoked to say that our blood-brothers Virus have accepted the offer to play their debut concert with us at London-palace Koko, as a kick-off spectacular. This is Virus' Lillehammer, and they are a bit apprehensive. We are certain though, that if you show them the same courtesy that you showed us, this will be one to remember.

An announcement from the band: "Apprehensive is not the word. Plain terrified, is more like it. We used to feel safe and sound inside our little bubble, being a non-live band, barely daring to release albums. We've gotten tons of propositions over the years, but when Ulver approached us it all seemed to fall right into place, to create the best possible condition for both us and our fans to finally do this thing. We couldn't think of a better way of taking that next step - bringing our mischief to the stage - than under the wings of our friends, who've been in the exact same spot we are now."

The Koko gig will be a further reunion of the old-school rebels, in that our red-bearded buddy Zweizz will be opening the ball. He will also be travelling with us to a quite a few of the other venues announced. See you in the wild."


Band profile: Ulver
Posted: 28.11.2010 by Jiri | Comments (3)

ProgPower USA 2011 - First Names Announced

ProgPower USA XII, set to take place September 14-17 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA, has announced its first bands. Here's the official press release:

A special U.S. exclusive show from Swedish progressive/experimental metallers Therion, a rare appearance from pre-Nevermore cult band, Sanctuary, and the first confirmed reunion show of Norwegian avant-garde metal originators, Arcturus, have been announced for ProgPower USA XII.

"ProgPower USA is definitely one of the better organized festivals we have attended and was a highlight on our first US-tour. We feel honored to have been invited again, and will prepare something special for the event, as this is the one and only chance for our US-fans to see us live in their Country," comments Therion's Christofer Johnsson.

Arcturus vocalist, ICS Vortex (real name Simen Hestnaes) adds, "Beloved freaks! ProgPower USA 2011 will host the first Arcturus concert in 5 years. This is our first performance in the United States, and since we're all retarded, probably the last."

Bands confirmed include: Therion, Sanctuary, Arcturus, Dream Evil, Labyrinth, Mob Rules, Eldritch, While Heaven Wept, Red Circuit, Voyager, Haken and Creation's End.

North America's premier progressive and power metal event returns to Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 14-17th, 2011. Complete event information will be released via the ProgPower USA website re-launch in the coming weeks.


Event: ProgPower USA XII
Posted: 15.09.2010 by Jiri | Comments (16)

Vulture Industries - New Album Details

Norwegian avantgarde metalers Vulture Industries have updated their MySpace with the following information:

"Finally the dates have been set for the release of our sophomore album on Dark Essence Records. The album will be out on CD and digital format on the 13th of September in Norway and the 4th of October in Europe. The album has the title The Malefactor's Bloody Register.

As last time the material is recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studios by Bjørnar Nilsen, who is also our frontman. The album was mastered by Brian Gardner (Isis, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie), and features a guest appearance by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen on "Hammond Organ", as well as special guests on cello, viola and saxophone.

The Malefactor's Bloody Register explores the theme of crime and punishment from the perspective of both the criminal and the hangman, and once again we have been lucky enough to persuade Helge Jordal, one of Norway's most renowned character actors to appear on the cover of the album. Jordal had agreed to be featured in the artwork for The Dystopia Journals after listening to the album, and his collaboration with the band continues with The Malefactor's Bloody Register, for which he takes on the role of the Hangman, and is photographed in brandishing a law-book and clutching a noose."

"The Bolted Door", one of the new tracks on The Malefactor's Bloody Register is now streaming on MySpace.

The Malefactor's Bloody Register cover art] tracklist:

01. Crooks & Sinners
02. Race For The Gallows
03. The Hangman's Hatch
04. The Bolted Door
05. This Cursed Flesh
06. I Hung My Heart On Harrow Square
07. Crowning The Cycle
08. Of Branded Blood


Band profile: Vulture Industries
Posted: 16.08.2010 by Jiri | Comments (8)