Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Katla Streaming New Song “Hyldýpi”

Katla – the Icelandic band featuring Einar Eldur Thorberg (Curse, Fortid) and Gummi (ex-Solstafir) – just wrapped up recording a debut album.

In celebration, a new song has come online titled “Hyldýpi,” which can be heard below and will be a welcome sound for those who didn’t dig the direction of the latest Solstafir track.

Listen in below, and stay tuned for more news to arrive in the near future about the album’s release. Photos from the studio sessions and more updates can be found at the Katla Facebook profile.

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Ex-Ghost Guitarist Simon Söderberg Comments On Lawsuit

Recently it was reveled that several Nameless Ghouls from the past lineup of Ghost are suing front man Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge). Now one of those Ghouls has unmasked himself and several others as well. Former Ghost guitarist Simon Söderberg issued this statement via Facebook:

“As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (”Papa Emeritus”) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.

“Throughout all the years we have been on tour with Ghost (between 2011-2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for.

“The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.

“When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.

“The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.

“Since the conception of Ghost our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies.

“Through contracts received from Tobias and his lawyers during 2016, Tobias has attempted to make us sign an agreement that implies we are merely consultants working for his company, an agreement also stating that we would receive less that a minimal wage for our contributions to the band. According to this proposal, furthermore we would renounce any and all rights to music royalties.

“All above despite the fact that some of us have been members of the band since its foundation, investing all of our time in the band during the past five years, with as much right to the recordings and trademark of the band Ghost as that of Tobias Forge.

“Out vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in a underhand and shameless way, transform Ghost from a band into a solo project with hired musicians. Naturally this is not something we can accept.

“When, in connection with the 2016 United States tour, approached a lawyer in order to sort out the situation of the contracts, we were informed that Tobias Forge no longer wanted us to participate in upcoming tours. Thus, Tobias Forge is now going ahead with the tour, which started March 24 2017 and is set to end in the UK on August 12, on his own together with rented musicians who have replaced all other band members. Tobias Forge has chosen this path of action without any permission from us to carry out the tour on his own. This under the name Ghost, which we regard as our commonly owned trademark.

“The actions of Tobias Forge amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which Ghost sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach.

“We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed. We who are suing Tobias Forge are:

Simon Söderberg (Alpha) – member of Ghost since 2010.
Mauro Rubino (Air) – member of Ghost since 2011.
Henrik Palm (Eather) – member of Ghost since 2015
Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) – member of Ghost since 2014

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Revocation’s “Communion” To Appear In Power Rangers Movie

A press release about the upcoming Power Rangers flick has revealed a curious detail… apparently there will be some metal in the soundtrack!

None other than Revocation will offer a song to the movie’s score, with “Communion” (streaming below) from the “Great Is Our Sin” album slated to appear. After the news leaked, the band simply commented on Facebook: “Cat’s outta the bag, we’ve got a song in the new Power Rangers movie!”

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Entheos Enters The Recording Studio

Entheos (featuring ex-The Faceless member and solo musician Evan Brewer) is now recording the follow-up to debut album “The Infinite Nothing.”

Recording is taking place at Castle Ultimate Productions / Sharkbite Studios, and you can check out some pics from the process and find the latest recording updates at Facebook here. Stay tuned for full info to arrive on this impending album release.

Entheos consists of:

Chaney Crabb
Evan Brewer
Navene Koperweis
Travis LeVrier

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God Dethroned Finishes New Album

Dutch group God Dethroned is gearing up to release a new album to follow 2010’s “Under the Sign of the Iron Cross.”

Details are scarce at this point, with the band simply stating via a Facebook update: “Mastering of the new album is finished. The sound is crushing to say the least!”

No release date was listed, but considering the live dates listed below, somewhere around April or May for release shows seems like a good bet. Stay tuned for more info!

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Naer Mataron Kicked From Turku Saatanalle 2017 Lineup

Greek black metal outfit Naer Mataron was scheduled to perform at the Turku Saatanalle Festival taking place February 3rd to 4th but has apparently been booted from the bill.

Several posts about the situation (primarily in Finnish or a mixture of languages) can be found at the festival’s Facebook profile but it appears a difference in political or religious ideology is the reason for the cancellation. Naer Mataron issued this statement:

“To the Finnish supporters of Naer Mataron, those followers of the voice of truth, of the genuine representation of this Black Art which we follow and uphold: Concerning the cancellation of our appearance at the Turku Saatanalle Festival, we are not here to make any statements of apology nor ask for the absolution of our sins.

“Within a system that we anyway reject and refuse to believe in, we leave these tactics to those who aspire to a career of some short. With this text we are clearly stating that we will remain fiercely loyal to the Left Hand Path and that we will continue to represent the extreme side of our music, as it is manifested in the phrase EXTREME MUSIC FOR EXTREME PEOPLE.

“We shall keep spitting at the face of every aspiring master and small god who claims to be the pimp of a whole scene which has in reality, sadly, lost it’s way. We therefore declare that such pitiful actions are unable to stop us, and on the contrary, ignite a stronger fire within us, strong enough to unleash us back on the road soon, as genuine worshipers of the Noble and the True, of the Temple of the Radiant Sun. Hail Satan.”

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Hammerdrone Releasing New Album “Dark Harvest”

Canadian melodic death metal crew Hammerdrone today unveils the artwork for 2nd full-length album, “Dark Harvest.”

Completed by Brazilian graphic artist Caio Caldas – best known for his work with U.K. power metal band, Dragonforce – the cover art depicts a sea landing by night of the Dark Harvest Commando, the obscure but real-life terrorist group who threatened the UK government with anthrax attacks in retaliation for the failed clean-up of a former biological weapons testing site in Scotland.

“Caio’s execution of the cover art was uncanny,” says Graham Harris, the band’s vocalist. “I described what I was looking for, and he literally produced what I had previously sketched, but he had never seen! We’re really proud to have worked with Caio on this album – he’s a genuine talent”.

You can follow the latest on Hammerdrone at Facebook here and the album will be released on March 24th, 2017 via Bandcamp.

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Wintersun Reveals New Album’s Track Listing

Wintersun recently announced the follow-up to “Time I” (reviewed here) will be a completely different album than expected titled “The Forest Seasons.” The track listing has now been revealed below, and the band also comments:

“Yes, you guessed it! This album is our version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, but it hasn’t got anything to do with Vivaldi musically or with classical music. It is 100% original and solid Wintersun material! It is something new and different. Let´s just say it has a bit more darker tone overall… 😉

“Next week you will know how we are releasing our new album so stay tuned for more details! Click those notifications ON in all our Facebook pages, you don’t want to miss the important updates of our new album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit).”

1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

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