Marduk Cancels "Serpent Sermon North" Tour Dates

Marduk has issued the following announcement about canceling the band’s upcoming tour dates with Melechesh:

“Due to unforeseen problems with logistics and planning, booking agency ‘Massive Music’ and Marduk have decided to postpone the Serpent Sermon North dates and will be rescheduling them Spring 2013!”

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Melechesh Wraps Up Tour, Appears In Comic Strip

Sumerian black/thrash metallers Melechesh have just returned from their European tour as special guests of label mates Samael. Mastermind, vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi offers the following summary:

“So far we have completed our fourth tour, plus a festival run in support of The ‘Epigenesis’ album. Yet we still have some more gigs to announce.

“Lux Mundi tour was a great experience for one thing the weather was great so that things like the flu, ice and floods were kept at bay, but more importantly touring with talented bands like Keep of Kalessin and Samael was a pleasure, both on a professional and personal level as well . Massive Music did a very good job as always – a professional crew which is more like family than anything else. The opening acts Minkus, Dark End, Fluxious, Dead Shape Figure, Noctem, Six Reasons to Kill, and Inferi all had something different to offer, which added spice and diversity to each night of the tour, plus the guys and gals in those bands were just superb to have around. Now it is time to sit and compose!”

Furthermore, French comic artist Fabrice Gagos has included a tribute to both Melechesh members Ashmedi and Moloch to his weekly updated web comic by dedicating one of the main characters – Sayid – to the two. Here’s what the creator says about it:

“‘Ghouls of Nineveh’ is an ongoing web-comic featuring a pack of super-cool metal-heads fighting bloodthirsty Mesopotamian zombies for their lives after they’ve been awakened by mistake by a bunch of ultra-conservative Christians praying in their church. All of the above based upon some Mesopotamian legends, including goddess Ereshkigal and her long lost beloved, Nergal, god of plague…

“Mesopotamia, ghouls, metal-heads and mysticism – I couldn’t help but find that particular Melechesh’s title fitted perfectly. Most of all, I don’t want to spoil you the fun, but I can tell you that Sayid, guitar player and PhD in archeology owner (character-tribute to Moloch and Ashmedi), will take part in the rescuing of his friends. Metal, friendship and fun to save the world – with a bit of gore!”

Ashmedi adds: “Seeing how our music, song titles, lyrics, concepts, no matter how loosely related, inspire different artistic endeavours such as on this comic is satisfying and flattering to say the least! Plus I found it to be very entertaining and well done.”

Check out the English version of the comic by navigating your browser over to this location.

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Immolation And Krisiun To Tour Europe

Polish-based booking and promotional agency Massive Music has announced that American death metal band Immolation will be teaming with Brazilian extreme metallers Krisiun for a European tour later this Summer. A message from the agency reads as follows:

“Allied forces of two death metal giants will head off for European Sounds Of Extreme Tour 2011! You will see and hear them right in November during their four-week tour over all European countries. We will provide you with the news on supporting bands pretty soon. Immolation will promote their newest EP bound to release after summer holidays. Krisiun will present to you the album which they’re currently working on in the studio. Its premiere is expected in October this year. This tour is for diehard maniacs exclusively! We don’t take captives! All sissies are advised to stay home!”

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Devian Officially Calls It A Day

Swedish metal act Devian has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:

“It’s time to break the silence… with eternal silence. We have decided to put Devian to rest. After the tour with Unleashed in 2009 we started to focus on the third Devian opus. After a few months of hard work on the album Legion announced that he’d leave the band. About that time we also parted ways with the label that released our two first albums, Century Media. Some months later we started to negotiate with various labels but never did found anything that would meet even our budget for recording.

“During this period of time we started to feel that we had lost the glow we once had for the band and the music. We recorded a demo with a new direction to more ordinary metal with lots of clean vocals, you can still hear it on myspace. This gave a new spark to the band, but it was only temporary.

“At this time Joinus decided to leave the band. He was ‘tired’ of the music Devian was playing. After all, 20 years playing death/thrash metal in various acts is a long time. And the step to the direction he (and some other members) was trying to reach was a step to far and would only disappoint all of you who listened to what Devian once started out as, a Death Metal act. And after Joinus left Emil, Tomas and Carl decided to put Devian to sleep, forever…

“But to give up music would be to give up life. Nowadays you can find the members in the following acts: Joinus plays 60’s and 70’s rock’n’roll in the luciferian themed YEAR OF THE GOAT (just released a mini-lp / mini-cd through VÁN Records) and garage smelling, denim action rock in THE HORSEHEAD UNION (album released during autumn 2011 with artwork from Skrymer / Finntroll).

“Tomas has teamed up with Roberth Karlsson (Ex-Devian, Ex-Edge of Sanity, Facebreaker, Scar Symmetry) and released a few hardcore oriented albums on the hardcore Swedish label Halvfabrikat Records. This project is called Aktiv Dödshjälp. Sometime ago a well known extreme metal band offered him the bass duties in their band. He accepted the offer and is right now sweating his guts out in a rehearsal room in Stockholm; preparing to get out on tour again asap!

“Emil has quit all his ‘official’ musical activities and has his studio based 2-man death metal act RUPTURE and says that he will not participate in any new projects/bands at the time being.

“Carl is currently busier than ever with Diabolical. ‘Ars Vitae’ was released earlier this year and the band has been on tour in Russia. Right now they are planning more shows and new material is being written for a new album. ‘Sadly we decided to put Devian to sleep, but it was obviously the right thing to do given that most members had lost the spark for the band. I’d guess that none of us will quit doing music so keep a close eye at what we’re doing in our respective bands and projects. I’ve had tons of good times with the guys from Devian and I would be very happy to play with them again in some context. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens, because personal and musical chemistry of the caliber that we’ve had doesn’t come along very often.’ says Carl.

“We want to thank everyone involved in the story of Devian from the bottom of our hearts. Without you this journey wouldn’t have been worth anything. Some people have meant an extra deal to us. We think you know who you are but would like them to be mentioned anyways. Rui, Rebecca, Mousse and our street teams, Massive Music, Vader, Septic Flesh, Samael, Deicide, Unleashed, Belphegor, Inactive Messiah, The Amenta for all the good times on tour, Harry, Leif and Century Media and Peter Tägtgren. Thank you!”

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