New Single “Harva” Streaming From Crackhouse

French doom sludge group Crackhouse is streaming the new single “Harva” in the player below. The song appears on the three song long player “Be No One. Be Nothing,” coming out as a CD/DD via Argonauta Records on October 6th.

The track listing is:

I . Burden
II . Harva
III . Realm

Check out “Harva” here:

But this is not enough, Crackhouse also announces the first European tour in October/November 2017 with the Scottish progressive metal band Dvne.

“We’re so excited to hit the road with our good friends Dvne for our first european tour!” says Jibus Carton, “After months and months of work to release our new album, we can’t wait to go back on stage. We hope to see you all there!”

Tour Dates:

27 October, Tours, esp. Gentiana, Fr
30 October, Toulouse, pavillons sauvages, Fr
31 October, Poitiers, le Zinc, Fr
1 November, Rennes, le Bar’hic, Fr
2 November, Paris, Olympic café, Fr
3 November, Rouen, le 3 pièces, Fr
4 November, Lille, le Biplan, Fr
8 November, Amsterdam, the winston, NL
9 November, Tübingen, tbc
10 November, Muflingen, tour raum, DE
15 November, Edinburgh, Banshee, UK
16 November, Glasgow, Nice and Sleazy, UK
17 November, Newcastle, UK tbc
18 November, Sheffield, the Lughole, UK

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Ihsahn Working On New Material

After Emperor reunited for a run of 20th anniversary shows, Ihsahn is back working on new solo material and will apparently no longer be using the members of Leprous as his backing band. Ihsahn had this to say:

“Back on track with new music and new live shows!

“First of all, the ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’ 20th anniversary shows with Emperor have been a big priority for me in 2014 and I would like to thank everyone on stage, behind the stage and in front of the stage for making this celebration such a great experience!

“Also, a special thanks to Ibanez Guitars, Blackstar Amplification, Rotosound Music Strings and Norsk Musikk Distribusjon for all the continued support on the road!

“Now, this has not kept me entirely busy for the whole year, so since January I’ve also been writing material for the next Ihsahn album, partly interrupted by rehearsals, shows and a total rebuild of our studio.

“On the live front, several shows are all ready announced for 2015, and I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be back on stage with a new, handpicked line-up that I am confident will take my songs to a new dimension.

“On that note, I’d like to thank Leprous for a fantastic collaboration over many years!! They have been invaluable in getting my songs to the stage and we’ve had some great trips around the world. Maybe now we’ll actually get to watch each other’s shows

“That’s it from an autumn-dressed Telemark……Now, to the batcave!”

The forthcoming solo album from Ihsahn will follow last year’s “Das Seelenbrechen” (reviewed here), an experimental release that saw the musician going in a very different direction from previous albums.

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Payload Recruits New Drummer Mika Mönkkönen

Finnish act Payload has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

“Payload is happy to announce that the band has found a new drummer to replace Marko Siira, who had to leave the band recently.

“Mika Mönkkönen, previously of Syndrome, has as of today been confirmed as the newest member of the band. The band is expected to be back on stage early next year, along with the release of the album ‘Odyssey Dawn.'”


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Volbeat Posts Gigantour 2012 Recap

Volbeat has issued the following post-Gigantour recap:

“We are now back home from the GIGANTOUR for a short break. We had such a good good run, and we’d like to thank all the fans and people who supported us on the tour.

“Your dedication and support is amazing, we had such a good time. It was cool to hang out with the fans at the meet & greets and in the streets.

“Your support means everything, and we can’t wait to get back. Thanks to all the Danish and European fans who travelled the long way to support us – you guys rock!

“We’re looking forward to getting back to you very soon (don’t forget WACKEN!). Again, thanks to the listeners/fans and radio stations for all the kind words on our #1 song ‘A WARRIOR’S CALL’ on the Billboard Active Radio Charts. That was Crazy!!!

“We’d also like to thank King Diamond for hanging out and supporting us in Dallas, Texas. You truly are the kding of Heavy Metal, and we can’t wait for you to get back on stage. Thanks to MEGADETH, MOTORHEAD, LACUNA COIL and their crews for a great tour, see you all soon out there…”

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Enduring The Fall Recruits New Drummer Gerred Cloutier

Canadian act Enduring the Fall has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

“Enduring the Fall is happy to announce the addition of our newest member! Please welcome our new drummer, Gerred Cloutier, to the band!

“We are very excited to finally present all you guys with our newest line up. In the past few months, we’ve written all new music with a different feel than our older material!

“We cannot wait to get back on stage and perform some of these new tracks for you guys! We know you’re going to fucking enjoy them…ETF 2012!!”

For more on Enduring the Fall, head over to the band’s official Facebook profile.

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King Diamond Announces Return To The Stage

Metal legend King Diamond will return to playing concerts. The official King Diamond/Mercyful Fate Website, Coven Worldwide, issued a statement regarding new booking agents. King Diamond will use Nick Storch at ICM for booking concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan of the Agency Group to book Europe and the Rest of the World.

King comments:

“It is great to be in the top professional hands of Nick and Paul. They both come highly recommended by Brian Slagel of Metal Blade, who personally suggested the partnership that is now in effect. ICM and The Agency Group have so much combined experience, which will open new doors for us. When it comes to getting us back on stage again, we all agree on how to bring King Diamond to a whole new level. Within a few weeks, we should be able to announce the first part of our plan. WELCOME ON BOARD AND STAY HEAVY.”

King Diamond adds: “There’ll be a lot more great news coming the next couple of weeks. It’s been difficult keeping everything under wraps, but soon it will all be out in the open.
I want to thank you for your amazing patience. We will get back to the Skype sessions in not too long as well.”

King Diamond last released “Give Me Your Soul” in 2007. Due to issues related to a herniated disc, he canceled a North American tour with Kreator and has not announced any new tour plans. King experienced further draw backs when he underwent Triple Bypas Surgery in December 2010.

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