Totengott Premiere New Video For “Satan Beside You” From Latest Album “Doppelgänger”

Spain’s Celtic Frost worshipping metal outfit Totengott premiere a new video for “Satan Beside You”, taken from their latest effort “Doppelgänger”, out in stores via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Satan Beside You” below.

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Celtic Frost Co-Founder Martin Ain Passes Away Aged 50

Reports are beginning to surface that Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, the bassist and co-founder of Celtic Frost, has passed away at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. We will have more updates on this soon, as many of the sites reporting it are in German.

Ain began his long and successful, if times turbulent working relationship with Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior) when he joined Hellhammer in the early 80s, before the two formed Celtic Frost. He performed on a number of seminal albums including, “Morbid Tales,” “Into the Pandemonium” and the superb comeback album, “Monotheist,” on which he handled lead vocals for the single, “A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh.” Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008 for the second time and Ain focused on other endeavours including running a DVD store and a bar.

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Celtic Frost Co-Founder Martin Ain Passes Away Aged 50

Reports are beginning to surface that Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, the bassist and co-founder of Celtic Frost, has passed away at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. We will have more updates on this soon, as many of the sites reporting it are in German.

Ain began his long and successful, if times turbulent working relationship with Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior) when he joined Hellhammer in the early 80s, before the two formed Celtic Frost. He performed on a number of seminal albums including, “Morbid Tales,” “Into the Pandemonium” and the superb comeback album, “Monotheist,” on which he handled lead vocals for the single, “A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh.” Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008 for the second time and Ain focused on other endeavours including running a DVD store and a bar.

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Vaultwraith Releases “Wrath Of The Wraith” Demo

Vaultwraith has finally unleashed a three song song demo, titled “Wrath of the Wraith,” which can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here.

Razorback Recordings comments: “After years on hiatus, the band has returned with a vengeance! Imagine a mix of King Diamond, Celtic Frost, Nocturnus, and Nunslaughter. Dark, heavy, atmospheric Devilcraft Metal! A physical release on tape is coming soon!”

Wrath of the Wraith by VAULTWRAITH

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Eluveitie Working On Acoustic Album “Evocation II”

Following a major lineup schism back in May, folk metal group Eluveitie is now working on a new album.

This one will the second part of the acoustic concept release “Evocation.” The band plans to start the studio recording at the end of the year and to release the album next spring. Mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann comments:

“We’re looking forward to ‘Evocation II!’ The concept of the album sticks in our head already for years and it has matured a lot. Our second acoustic-album will continue the tradition of the first one but it will be even more rough, folk and mystic! It will be the celtic mythology in its pure culture, formed into music!”

Guitar player Rafael Salzmann adds: “Exactly! We’re really motivated and creative as well. ‘Evocation II’ will become definitely a folk-album filed in details!”

The band has also announced a Swiss acoustic tour, delivering an exclusive taste of what fans can expect from the new record:

23.09. CH DAS ZELT – Chapiteau PostFinance, Brig – Rhonesandterrain
07.10. CH DAS ZELT – Chapiteau PostFinance, Solothurn – Pier 11
05.11. CH DAS ZELT – Chapiteau PostFinance, Luzern – Alpenquai

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Ex-Pantera And Down Frontman Phil Anselmo Covers Celtic Frost’s “The Usurper” With Child Bite

Child Bite premieres its cover of the Celtic Frost track “The Usurper”, taken from the upcoming 12” titled “Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost”, which will be released on November 13th via Corpse Flower Records. The song features ex-Pantera and Down frontman Phil Anselmo on vocals and is one of numerous Celtic Frost covers done by bands such as Municipal Waste, Hayward (feat. Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis) and many more.

You can now check out “The Usurper” below.

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Triptykon Cancels Maryland Deathfest 2014 Appearance Over H.R. Giger’s Death

Tom Gabriel Warrior has released the following statement in regards to Triptykon’s cancellation of their Maryland Deathfest appearance:

“The greatest surrealist artist of our time, H.R. Giger, died in a tragic accident on Monday, May 12, 2014. In the wake of Giger’s death, his closest friends are gathering to comfort his widow, Carmen, and to assist her in organizing Giger’s funeral and his memorial service. I am one of those friends.”

“We are all still attempting to deal with the shock of this unexpected and extremely painful loss.
For 30 years, H.R. Giger has been my mentor. As I wrote in my eulogy, a few days ago: ‘At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance.’ The result was Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion album which, in turn, was the basis for all subsequent collaborations between us.”

“In all of his work with Celtic Frost and Triptykon, H.R. Giger was immensely generous, in spite of repeated objections of mine and countless attempts to convince him to accept proper compensation for his amazing contributions.”

“I have also been an assistant to H.R. Giger and his wife for seven years. I have long seen them as very close friends, even as family. We have experienced many challenging events together, and we have repeatedly taken care of each other in every conceivable manner.”

“I thus simply cannot and do not wish to fail to attend H.R. Giger’s private funeral, and to take part in the subsequent public memorial service, to be held in one of Zurich’s largest churches. Moreover, I am an integral part of the group of Giger friends who are currently involved in the difficult task of arranging these events. I cannot possibly just be a recipient. In a moment like this, I have to and wish to give as much as I possibly can.”

“It is an extremely unfortunate coincidence that these unexpected and tragic proceedings collide with Triptykon’s planned appearance at Maryland Deathfest on May 22. We are thus regretfully forced to withdraw from the festival. Within Triptykon, we discussed the possibility of playing the concert without me, with a close friend of ours filling in on guitar and vocals. The other members of the band did not see any merit in performing as an incomplete line-up, however.”

“Withdrawing from Maryland Deathfest was not an easy decision to take by any means. We are disappointing our audience and the promoter of the festival, it contradicts our sense of commitment, and the band’s reputation will suffer damage. We were looking forward immensely to Triptykon’s return to the US. After a lengthy and expensive petition process, the US authorities granted us the required US work permits last week. Moreover, a US crew had been hired, and flights and hotels for band and crew had already been booked.”

“In 1985, during Celtic Frost’s very first tour, I was forced to cancel three concerts due to overstrained vocals. I vowed to never let such a thing happen again and took the appropriate steps. Ever since then, I have never again been the reason for a cancellation of a concert by either Celtic Frost or Triptykon. There have been instances, in Paris and London for example, when I went onstage with Celtic Frost in spite of flu and substantial fever, in order to avoid letting down the band’s fans.”

“It is thus utterly against my nature and my own professional demands to be the cause for Triptykon’s first cancelled show. But these are truly extraordinary circumstances, caused by the death of a truly extraordinary artist and friend. I hope our audience will understand, and I apologize sincerely. And I am extremely grateful for the incredible understanding and goodwill extended to Triptykon by the promoter of Maryland Deathfest.”

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Grailight Reveals “Sic Luceat Lux” Album Cover

Russian outfit Grailight has unveiled the cover artwork for the band’s new album, which can be viewed below. Grailight also comments:

“Today, November 1st of the first year of the Aquarian Age, in the Celtic Samhain, we decided to present, at last, to Ye All the cover of our new album ‘Sic Luceat Lux!’

“The picture is made with a brush of remarkable artist Alexander Tartsus of Morning Art Studio and portrays the overall Indo-Aryan mythological images of the unity of God and Man, Light and Darkness, Moksha and Samadhi. The album is in the final stages of recording in Serbo – Moscow studio Arsafes Records.

“These guest vocalists participated in the recording: Aina (Blackthorn), Helen Bathory (Artania), Catherine (Mizantropia), Runa (Emerald Night, Aura), Varvar (Neron Kaisar) and Miron (Tvangeste). The album will contain 14 songs, the full track list of which shall be published very soon. Let there be light!”

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LLVME Posts Album Preview Clip For "Yía De Nuesu"

Spanish folk/doom band LLVME posted a new album preview clip for the forthcoming sophomore LP “Yía de Nuesu.” The album is due for release on March 26, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. LLVME describes the sound of the release as “typical Extreme Metal structures characterized by a strong Doom Metal background are enriched with the beauty of the Celtic violins and bagpipes arrangements and by wondeful female vocals. It’s a must for all fans of My Dying Bride, Primordial, Shape Of Despair, Negura Bunget and Doom Pagan Metal in general… “

The album was mixed and mastered by Daniel Cardoso (Anneke van Giersbergen, Heavenwood) at Ultrasound Studios.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Stangala Streaming Debut Album

The new debut album from French band Stangala is available for download over on Bandcamp, or may be streamed in the widget below. Titled “Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All,” it features that nice retro sound of Celtic “Breton” music and doom rock.

Boued Tousek Hag Traou Mat All by Stangala

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