Ensiferum reveals details for new album, ‘Two Paths’

– July 19th, 2017 –

Launches first single, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, online; announces “Two Paths: The Beginning – Tour 2017″

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. To hear the first single, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Nuclear Blast)
–golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Napalm Records)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Levykauppa)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Yamin Records)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at: youtube.com/watch?v=4KEuGT1Nfd4

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

Two Paths track-listing
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Aug. 17 – Summerbreeze festival – Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Ensiferum online:
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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Lorna Shore Posts “Denounce The Light” Live Video

Lorna Shore just wrapped up the headlining Beg for Death tour with Bodysnatcher and in the coming months the will hit the road and perform across the U.S. on the Summer Slaughter tour (7/27-8/26/17), followed by the European Never Say Die tour in November.

Today, for fans worldwide who can’t wait to catch Lorna Shore’s dark and technical live performance, the band released a live video for “Denounce the Light.” Check it out below. Austin Archey also comments:

“Here we have a live music video for the track ‘Denounce The Light’ that will be featured in our set list for this year’s Summer Slaughter tour. Thank you to Enlighten Creative Studio for making this happen, and capturing footage from such an awesome night at the Glasshouse in Pomona. Hope you all are prepared to fully bring it for us this summer!”

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Klogr Announces European Tour Dates With The Rasmus

Alternative metal band Klogr is ready to hit the road again. The group, in collaboration with K2Music Management, has been confirmed as special guest for European shows with The Rasmus this coming fall.

Klogr’s Rusty comments: “We are so excited to be back on tour in November, especially with such a great band like The Rasmus. After 2 years spent in the studio for the new album, we really missed the stage and our fans. We can’t wait to play the news songs, we hope you will enjoy them. See you on the road!.”

New album “Keystone” is scheduled to be released on October 6th, 2017 via Zeta Factory. Fans can catch Klogr live on these dates:

10.11 Hamburg, Markthalle
11.11 Berlin, Columbia Theater – Sold Out
12.11 Warsaw, Stodola
14.11 Krakow, Kwadrat
15.11 Prague, Roxy
16.11 Vienna, Simm Club
18.11 Paris, Le Trabendo
19.11 London, La Scala – Sold Out
20.11 Koln, Kantine
21.11 Amsterdam, Melkweg

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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Revenience Announces European Tour Dates With Souls Of Diotima

Italian gothic crew Revenience today announces new European dates in November to take place alongside Souls Of Diotima.

The band will continue to promote latest album “Daedalum,” with plans in the works to begin work on a new album shortly. Catch Revenience live with Souls of Diotima on these dates:

Nov 09 | Bellinzona, Switzerland
Nov 10 | Secret Show
Nov 11 | Recklinghausen, Germany
Nov 12 | Secret Show
Nov 13 | Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Nov 15 | Rodewisch, Germany
Nov 16 | Amsterdam, Holland
Nov 17 | Eernegem, Belgium
Nov 18 | Heerlen, Holland
Nov 19 | Secret Show

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Second Leg Of European Tour Announced By Mayhem

Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem will embark on the second leg of the European live takeover this fall. “The Purgatorium Europæ – Pars Duorum” tour will commence September 29th in Berlin, Germany and ravage its way through twelve countries and nineteen cities, drawing to a close on October 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mayhem is commemorating the release of the 1994 landmark “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” full-length with a worldwide tour performing the monumental record in its entirety. The cornerstone record recently earned the #40 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time, the prestigious publication noting, “…Mysteriis… remains a singularly potent document, its expressions of alienation and nihilism lent an icy severity by Aarseth’s lacerating guitar buzz, session vocalist Attila Csihar’s arcane croak and presentation of Dead’s lyrical gothic terror and the pummeling drums of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg).”

Confirmed dates are:

9/29/2017 Colombia Theater – Berlin, DE
9/30/2017 Reithalle – Dresden, DE
10/02/2017 Wizeman – Stuttgart, DE
10/03/2017 Orpheum – Graz, AT
10/04/2017 Le Gueulard – Nilvange, FR
10/05/2017 Essigfabrik – Cologne, DE
10/06/2017 Hardrock Fest – Avelgem, BE
10/07/2017 Soulcrusher – Nijmegen, NL
10/08/2017 MS Connection – Mannheim, DE
10/09/2017 Le Grillen – Colmar, FR
10/15/2017 Jas Rod – Marseille, FR
10/17/2017 Orion Live Club – Rome, IT
10/18/2017 Stuk – Maribor, SL
10/19/2017 Randal – Bratislava, SK
10/20/2017 Mega Club – Katowice, PL
10/21/2017 Progesja – Warschau, PL
10/22/2017 Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LT
10/23/2017 Tapper – Tallinn, EE
10/27/2017 Brewhouse – Gothenburg, SE

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Klogr Announces “Keystone” Album, Posts New Video

After two albums, a DVD, and 23 dates supporting Prong on a European tour, the alternative rock / metal band Klogr is back. Today the band announces a third full-length entitled “Keystone,” scheduled to be released on October 6th, 2017 on Zeta Factory.

Coinciding with the announcement of the release of “Keystone,” today Klogr launches the video of first single “Prison Of Light.” The album was recorded Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by David Bottrill.

“Keystone, is a central point of a system, a doctrine, a school of thought, a series of events” says band mastermind Rusty, “the new album is the perfect representation of our work, what we believe in and what we want to express with our music.”

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Integrity Releases “Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame” Video

Apocalyptic heavy group Integrity will release 12th studio album “Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume” this coming July 14th via Relapse Records.

Today the band drops another new video from the album – this time for the song “Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame.” The video was directed by Jimmy Hubbard and can be seen below. Vocalist Dwid Hellion comments:

“The horrifically stunning aesthetic of director, Jimmy Hubbard has taken us deep into the realm of forbidden nightmare and religious inversion. Hubbard has breathed a new hell into our song, ‘Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame.”

Integrity is currently in the middle of a European tour, with a Japanese tour next slated for October. Catch these upcoming Integrity 2017 tour dates:

Jun 16 Stadtmitte, DE Stadmitte
Jun 17 Ulm, DE Eden
Jun 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest 2017

w/Creepout
Oct 06 Tokyo, JP Antiknock
Oct 07 Mie, JP Chaos
Oct 08 Osaka, JP Hokage
Oct 09 Tokyo, JP Earthdom

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Monument Of Misanthropy Teasing New Material From Upcoming New EP “Capital Punisher”

Back home from a very successful 3-weeks UK & European Tour 2017 with Vader and Immolation, Austrian/French brutal death metal maniacs of Monument Of Misanthropy did not waste any time and are currently putting the final touches to their upcoming new EP titled “Capital Punisher”. The band’s frontman George “Misanthrope” Wilfinger has recently shared some footage from his vocals recordings, which took place at Norbert Leitner’s studio in Vienna, Austria.

Check it out below:

French drum-wizard Romain Goulon (Necrophagist, Benighted) will be again providing studio-drums. The album’s cover artwork was again created by Remy Cuveillier of Headsplit Design, Paris, France.

“Capital Punisher” will contain the following new tracks:

– “Capital Punisher”
– “Killing Spree”
– “At Death’s Door”
– “Pull The Plug” (Death cover)

+ one new secret track

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