Van Records Expanding With U.S. Division

Germany’s cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil’s Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records’ owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label’s relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer.

Cowgill states, “I am honored and proud to be a part of the ever growing Ván Records family, from working at first with Sven as an artist on the roster to now, becoming an integral part of the family as head of the label’s U.S. office. We have been planning this expansion now for over almost eight months, and seeing it come to life has been a truly awesome experience. Our dedicated staff and myself hope that through this expansion we will bring even more quality and excellence known from Ván into the lives of every single fan, record store and distributor in North America. Hail the glory of Lucifer!”

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Desertfest Announces First Crop Of 2017 Bands

The organizers of the annual Desertfest just checked in with this announcement about the 2017 lineup coming together:

“We know you all have been aching for this, so without further ado let us present the first names for the 2017 edition of Desertfest Antwerp!

“We kick things off with Windhand, a scene favorite that has also managed to capture the hearts and minds of rock fans worldwide with their unique brand of female-led Sabbathian worship. Radio Moscow is another winner with a stone solid live reputation that will be sure to set the DF stage on fire.

“Next up, something more out of the ordinary: Part Chimp blends sludgey riffage with the acid bite of Amphetamine noiserock, and will delight anyone with a fine ear for heavily distorted blues. Finally, we keep the tradition of presenting Belgian bands to our international crowd. Hemelbestormer (that’s Dutch for ‘Stormer of Heaven’) is a local postmetal band that has been making waves in Europe and the States for the last couple of years.”

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Among Gods Posts “Vinter” Single, Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian death / doom crew Among Gods is now streaming new single “Vinter,” which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The band comments:

“Alongside penning down songs for our next release, we have been working on mixing a song from our doom vault. ‘Vinter’ from the ‘Monument’ album sessions been mixed in Consternation Studio and features Gunnhild Huser on vocals along with Kenneth’s voice. ‘Vinter’ (Winter in English) is titled and sung in Norwegian language.

“Gunnhild joined us on this song with her delicate voice and hearing her sing these words in Norwegian bring us back to the early 90´s, with a 3rd & The Mortal vibe. Based on the feeling of the harsh cold nature during a Norwegian winter, the song stands out as an atypical AG song but with the true norwegian roots deep in our hearts.”

In related news, the band now officially welcomes Andreas Johansen & Jonis Forland to the Among Gods ranks with this statement: “They are both in the band Ashowa, Andreas join us on drums and Jonis on bass and we are very pleased to make this announcement. We now have full focus putting together a new live set, and there will be gigs ahead. After this we will again start working on writing new songs for the forthcoming AG album… doom over the world!”

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Entropia Announces New European Tour Dates

Poland’s psyched-out black metal mystics from Entropia are pleased to announce that they will be performing for the first time in London, UK, along with two performances at Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Entropia is also slated to perform at the legendary Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland. F

The concert in London will take place on July 7th, 2017 and is part of a monthly heavy metal night, The Facemelter, run by London promotion agency Chaos Theory. Harrowed, an increasingly popular metal/hardcore outfit will be supporting. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. One more act will be announced.

The news follows the announcement that Entropia is releasing sophomore album “Ufonaut,” on cassette this coming April 25th via Arachnophobia Records, with pre-orders now online right here.

22.04 – Metalmania Festival (Katowice, Poland)
12.05 – Kwadrat (Kraków, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
13.05 – B90 (Gdansk, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
14.05 – Klub u Bazyla (Poznan, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
31.05-04.06 – Primavera Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
07.07 – The Black Heart (London, UK)

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Aegror Signs Record Deal To Release “Dead Man’s Diary”

German black / death metal band Aegror just issued this announcement about inking a record deal and gearing up to release a new album:

“A long lapse of time went by since Mithyr and Narthaas shared the passion for music and founded their first band called Nebelsturm together in 2005. In 2008 they changed the bands name to Aegror according to the lyrical concept of their first LP ‘De Morbis’ which has been released in 2010.

“After the line up has changed a few times in the past the band now has a stable line up with Mithyr, Narthaas, Acorus, Skarrg and Abyssus. Together the five members create unique and passionate black/death metal which is incompareable to other bands in this scene.

“And now – after 12 years – of hard work, blood, sweat and vomit they are fucking proud to announce that Aegror has finally signed to STF-Records & the Satura Publishing Company! Our new album ‘Dead Man’s Diary’ will be released on 02.06.2017.

“Thanks to all of you who supported us the whole time! Special thanks to Mia Mane Photography for this great new Promo-Photos, to Metallurgy Tonstudio and to Convictive!”

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Negru Of Negura Bunget Passes Away At 42

Tibor Kati from Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has issued this announcement about Negru passing away earlier today:

“With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42. We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negura Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.

“We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind. With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life.”

Several bands have since posted to express their condolences, with Northern Plague issuing this statement: “With deep sadness we would like to pass on the information, that our brother, friend and driving force of one of the very few UNIQUE bands in the world – Negura Bunget, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa has passed away, age 42.

“What’s really depressing, we saw each other on your show in Warsaw just a couple of days ago, and nobody would see this coming. Thank you for your music, thank you for the opportunity to travel together and experience your magnificent country, Thank you for the memories. May your soul rest.”

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Akeldama Changes Name To Love At Last, Announces New Lineup

Akeldama just issued this announcement about calling it quits and reforming as a new entity with a different name:

“Akeldama is shedding its skin and coming back to you in a brand new form. The band will now be known as Love At Last. Jeremy Knapp will no longer play guitar with us, as he is pursuing a career as a fire fighter. We wish him all the best in this endeavor.

“Instead of seeking a new member we have decided to change roles. Connor Reibling will now be playing guitar and Andrew Zink will be the sole vocalist. With that said, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new full-length album exclusively on Hollowed Records this year.”

Love At Last consists of:

Andrew Zink – Vocals
Connor Reibling – Guitar
Eric Owen – Guitar
Michael Schweitzer – Bass
Evan Thibeault – Percussion

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Akeldama Changes Name To Love At Last, Announces New Lineup

Akeldama just issued this announcement about calling it quits and reforming as a new entity with a different name:

“Akeldama is shedding its skin and coming back to you in a brand new form. The band will now be known as Love At Last. Jeremy Knapp will no longer play guitar with us, as he is pursuing a career as a fire fighter. We wish him all the best in this endeavor.

“Instead of seeking a new member we have decided to change roles. Connor Reibling will now be playing guitar and Andrew Zink will be the sole vocalist. With that said, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new full-length album exclusively on Hollowed Records this year.”

Love At Last consists of:

Andrew Zink – Vocals
Connor Reibling – Guitar
Eric Owen – Guitar
Michael Schweitzer – Bass
Evan Thibeault – Percussion

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Fall Of Summer 2017 Lineup Announced

The Fall of Summer team is very pleased to add five new names to its 2017 lineup taking place Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of September by the Torcy lake, situated 30 kilometres east of Paris. The festival’s organizers comment:

“With over 45 years difference between the newest and the oldest band, we have decided to introduce them in chronological order.

“First of all we are very excited to announce two mythical bands formed in the late 60s who have been a big influence for many metal artists for almost half a century. We are glad that the American occult rock band Coven will play their very first show in France at Fall of Summer and thrilled that one of our biggest national prides, the French progressive rock band Magma also joins us this year.

“Coming from the 80’s, we’re proud to welcome the American cult thrash metal band Morbid Saint who’ll play for the first time in France. We’re also thrilled that the emblematic Swedish black Metal band Marduk joins forces with us.

“To close this announcement, we invite those who would not know them, to discover Au-Dessus, as those young Lithuanians playing post-black metal since 2014, definitely deserve your attention.”

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Ektomorf Releasing “Warpath” DVD

Ektomorf just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to release a new live DVD later this year:

“Here you go the art work and title of our DVD! Will be out in 2017 May – ‘Warpath (Live and Life on the Road)’ two disc released a DVD with our entire 2016 Wacken show and a movie about being the on the road an life at home with behind the scenes filming!

“The second disc is audio with the full Wacken Open Air show Ektomorf 2016 mixed by Tue Madsen!
More info soon please share the news and you can already pre-order it at AFM Records here.”

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