Enslaved Announces “Roadburn Live” Record Store Day Release

“Roadburn Live” is Enslaved’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during a headlining show at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by Enslaved’s own guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director, comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and Enslaved. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically.

“Not only has Enslaved been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the Enslaved/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway.

“Enslaved’s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of Enslaved”

“Roadburn Live” will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as a webshop gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers.To celebrate the release, what better way than to hold a playback session with the members of Enslaved at the Roadburn Festival 2017?

Becky Laverty of of Roadburn Festival comments: “Enslaved and Roadburn share a history that is entwined and their 2015 performance on the main stage was such a fantastic milestone for both parties, that it makes perfect sense for the show to be released as a live album. As the album will be released during Roadburn 2017, it seemed fitting to invite attendees and the band alike to join us for a playback session at the festival as part of our popular side program.”

1. Building With Fire
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. In Times
4. Daylight
5. Convoys To Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth
7. Isa
8. Immigrant Song*
* Roadburn Live exclusive song originally by Led Zeppelin

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Kvelertak Releases “Bronsegud” Video, Announces Tour With Metallica

Roadrunner Records group Kvelertak just released an official music video for “Bronsegud,” taken from latest LP “Nattesferd.” The video, which was directed by Stian Andersen, documents the band’s life on the road traveling the world and performing neck-breaking sets to sold-out audiences.

Furthermore, Kvelertak has been announced as special guest for the entirety of Metallica’s upcoming “WorldWired” European tour. Dates are set to kick off September 4th at The Netherlands’ Ziggo Dome and continue through May 2018. A full listing of upcoming Kvelertak tour dates is available after the jump.

Mar. 16, 2017 – Kongsberg, Norway – Energimølla
Mar. 17, 2017 – Sogndal, Norway – MEIRET
Mar. 18, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 17, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 22, 2017 – Alta, Norway – City Scene
Mar. 23, 2017 – Tromso, Norway – Driv
Mar. 24, 2017 – Narvik, Norway – Vinterfestuka
Mar. 25, 2017 – Rognan, Norway – Slipen Scene – SOLD OUT
Mar. 26, 2017 – Bodø, Norway – Sinus
Mar. 29, 2017 – Trondheim, Norway – Byscenen
Mar. 30, 2017 – Skien, Norway – PARKBIOGRAFEN
Mar. 31, 2017 – Drammen, Norway – Union Scene
Apr. 1, 2017 – Halden, Norway – Brygga Kultursal
Apr. 26, 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Valby Hallen
Apr. 27, 2017 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Spektrum
Apr. 28, 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden– Hovet
Apr. 30, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsingin Jäähalli
May 20, 2017 – Huskvarna, Sweden – Park Sounds
Jun. 18, 2017 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop

w/ Metallica
Sept. 4, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 6, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 8, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 10, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 12, 2017 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
Sept. 14, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Sept. 16, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Oct. 22, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 24, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 26, 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – The SSE Hydro
Oct. 28, 2017 – Manchester, England, UK – Manchester Arena
Oct. 30, 2017 – Birmingham, England, UK – Genting Arena
Nov. 1, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Nov. 3, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Feb. 1, 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena
Feb. 3, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 7, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
Feb. 10, 2018 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
Feb. 12, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 14, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar. 27, 2018 – Herning, Denmark – Jyske Bank Boxen
Mar. 29, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Mar. 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Apr. 2, 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Apr. 5, 2018 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
Apr. 7, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 9, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 11, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Palexpo
Apr. 26, 208 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Apr. 28, 2018 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Apr. 30, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Leipzig Arena
May 2, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 5, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 7, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 9, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 11, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

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Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill, Wintersun Added To Brutal Assault 2017 Line-Up

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band’s appearance here won’t be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki’s Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There’s no official word as yet.

Also announced were Oathbreaker from Belgium, Australians Aversions
Crown and King Parrot, Power Trip from Texas, Norway’s Helheim and the return of New Jersey mathcore outfit The Number Twelve Looks Like You, returning from a six year hiatus.

These new additions join what is already a pretty hard-hitting roster of bands with Emperor, Opeth, Morbid Angel, Nile, Electric Wizard and Mayhem as highlights. Held over four days, the festival has three stages and will reportedly include 100 acts in the final reckoning.

More information and tickets are available at http://www.brutalassault.cz

The full line up now stands at:

August Burns Red
Aversions Crown
Birds In Row
Chelsea Grin
Demolition Hammer
Der Weg einer Freiheit
Deserted Fear
Electric Wizard
Front Line Assembly
God Is An Astronaut
King Parrot
Life Of Agony
Malignant Tumour
Master’s Hammer
Metal Church
Morbid Angel
Mourning Beloveth
Oceans Ate Alaska
Power Trip
Rotten Sound
Rotting Christ
Sacred Reich
Svart Crown
Swallow The Sun
The Amity Affliction
The Crown
The Devin Townsend Project
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Lurking fear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Vision Of Disorder
Walls Of Jericho
While She Sleeps
Wrekmeister Harmonies

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Oranssi Pazuzu Announces New EP, Re-Releases, And Tour Dates

Today, a transmission from the constellation of Oranssi Pazuzu has arrived, detailing a slew of long-awaited reissues as well as a new EP to coincide with an extensive European tour, and it reads as thus:

“So it’s 2017, which means the Orange Spirit of the Wind is now ten years into the existence. We are celebrating by touring the Mental Possession MMXVII [tour dates below], but also by recovering some old sounds to please your record playing habits.

“During the last few years, we have had many people asking from us about the availability of our earlier albums, the vinyl versions of both and also the debut CD being sold out for some time now. We have been promising a repress basically since 2011, when the vinyls first came out, and we are very happy to say this is finally being realized.

“To us, both ‘Muukalainen puhuu’ and ‘Kosmonument’ nowadays sound something like a different band, but they still embody many of our principal musical ideas in songs like ‘Korppi’ or ‘Kaaos hallitsee.’ A shorter chapter – but at least for us an important one – in our early evolution was the four-song session we did for a split album with Tampere underground friends Candy Cane in 2010. These songs were going for a more metallic sound after the trippier debut, and they would probably have fitted among ‘Kosmonument’ cuts nicely. They are now reissued as a standalone 12” EP, remastered for a better sound quality.

“And to keep our minds away from digging the old stuff only, we are also releasing a 10” vinyl EP containing two new songs. Although not ‘new’ in every sense of the word – the first song, ‘Kevät,’ was recorded during ‘Valonielu’ sessions in 2013, but left out from the album because its darker mood didn’t quite seem to fit in with the other songs’ more cosmic approach. The second, ‘Värimyrsky,’ is also an older and more nihilistic one that we have been playing with for a long time, and now finally decided to record it in our home cave with the help from our Brother-in-Wastement Jussi Saarivuori. The 10” EP was mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano and will be available at the upcoming shows.

“Turn off, tune out, dive in!”

Mentally Possessed European tour 2017
19.04. Germnay, Urban Spree
20.04. Germany, Leipzig, Doom Over Leipzig
21.04. Germany, Hamburg, Markthalle
22.04. Netherlands, Tilburg, Roadburn Festival
23.04. Brusselles, Magazine4
24.04. France, Colmar, Grillen
25.04. France, Roubaix, Bar Live
26.04. France, Paris, Petit Bain
27.04. France, Nantes, Ferrailleur
28.04. France, Toulose, Rex
29.04. Portugal, Barroselas, SWR Fest
01.05. Spain, Madrid, Chango
02.05. Spain, Barcelona, Razzamatazz
03.05. France, Marseille, Korigon
04.05. Switzerland, Geneva, L´Usine
05.05. Italy, Mazzago, Bloom
06.05. Austria, Salzburg, Tempel At Neudegg
07.05. Germany, Munich, Feierwerk
08.05. Germany, Vortex Surfer Club
09.05. Germany, Heidelberg, Karlstorhahnhof
10.05. Germany, Kassel
11.05. Czech Republic, Futurum Music Bar
12.05. Poland, Kracow, Kwadrat
13.05. Poland, Gdansk, B90
14.05. Poland, Poznan, U Bazyla
28.05 US, Baltimore, Maryland Death Fest
29.06 Finland, Seinäjoki, Provinssirock
01.07 Denmark, Roskilde, Roskilde Festival
02.07 Finland, Helsinki, Tuska Festival
16.07 Finland, Joensuu, Ilosaarirock
05.08 Romania, Arad, Dark Bombastic Evening Festival
11.08 Finland, Helsinki, Flow Festival Helsinki
17.08 Norway, Stavanger, Folken Club Stavanger
18.08 Norway, Bergen Hulen Club
19.08 Norway, Horten, Midgardsblot Festival

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Zeal & Ardor Streaming “Come On Down”

Zeal & Ardor just shared the new song “Come On Down” – listen to the black metal blues track below. “Come On Down” comes off the album “Devil Is Fine,” due out February 24th, 2017.

“Devil Is Fine” mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the ’90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

1. Devil Is Fine 03:12
2. In Ashes 02:38
3. Sacrilegium I 01:54
4. Come On Down 03:19
5. Children’s Summon 03:08
6. Sacrilegium II 02:11
7. Blood In The River 03:33
8. What is a Killer like you gonna do here? 02:15
9. Sacrilegium III 02:44

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Enepsigos Premieres New Song & Lyric Video “Pagan Rites” From Upcoming Debut Album “Plague Ov Plagues”

Occult black metal outfit Enepsigos premieres a new song and lyric video entitled “Pagan Rites”, taken from the upcoming debut album “Plague Ov Plagues”, which will be out in stores on January 15th by Drakkar Productions.

Check out now “Pagan Rites” below.

Plague Ov Plagues was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Guitars, bass, and vocals were recorded by engineer Christer Krohg at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, with drums recorded at the Beastcave Studios in Italy. The album’s eye-catching artwork was created by Vincent Fouquet and Above Chaos.

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Shaarimoth Debuts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Temple of the Adversarial Fire”

Røyken, Norway based blackened death metal outfit Shaarimoth debuts the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Temple of the Adversarial Fire”, which will be out in stores through W.T.C. Productions this Friday, January 13th.

Check out now “Temple of the Adversarial Fire” in its entirety below.

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Ghost Avenue Announces New Album “Impact”

Pitch Black Records today announces the return of Norway’s Ghost Avenue for a third album scheduled to be released on February 3rd. New album “Impact” is a concept release about an alien invasion of earth and the battle for humanity’s freedom.

Offering a unique blend of classic hard rock and 80’s heavy metal, and despite the obvious preference for the classics, the band manages to achieve a contemporary sound with music that’s full of melody and catchy tunes.

01. Impact
02. Escape
03. The Prison
04. Time Traveller
05. Affection
06. Dancing With the Devil
07. Construction
08. The Edge of Darkness
09. Collateral Damage
10. The Ace

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New Album “Future Hopes” Announced By White Willow

Laser’s Edge has confirmed the release date for “Future Hopes,” the seventh full-length from eclectic Norwegian prog quintet, White Willow, unveiling the album’s artwork, track listing, and other details on the record. “Future Hopes” will be issued on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Audio samples, preorder info, and more will be issued in the coming days.

“Future Hopes” is the band’s first album since 2011’s well-received “Terminal Twilight” and it sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory ventured into to date, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than the band is usually known for. Musically, the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. “Future Hopes” also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80.

The “Future Hopes” lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several White Willow stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway

for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo’s orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway’s trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

“Future Hopes” was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean. The CD and digital versions of the album also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, “Damnation Valley,” as well as a cover of The Scorpions’ classic dirge, “Animal Magnetism,” re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world’s best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Future Hopes
2. Silver And Gold
3. In Dim Days
4. Where There Was Sea There Is Abyss
5. A Scarred View
6. Animal Magnetism [CD/digital bonus track]
7. Damnation Valley [CD/digital bonus track]

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Kampfar Reviews A Momentous 2016

Kampfar just checked in with the following “year in review” message to fans about what went down in 2016:

“2016 has been a roller coaster with ups and downs for Us. But what we did together and what we achieved in 2016 have still reached the highest peak in our 22 years of existence. Starting the year with winning a Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in metal. Who could have thought that 22 years ago.

“In a year when we as a band has been put on the toughest tests personally we still managed to do 4 tours in one year together+ festivals. There is still some fire left burning inside of us. And we can tell you for sure that without all of you. This band would have most likely faded away this year. Cause the personal life and emotions behind the scene this year has been tough!

“This can be said without being too dramatic. It has been a battle. A battle we won because of the amazing support from all of you and because of the strong bloodline in our band itself. The brotherhood Dolk, Ask, Ole and Jon its just to strong to go to pieces. Its the 4 of us or no band. End of story!

“Going though the year with short words like this can not be done actually. But to think about one special moment this year it can not go without mention our late night show at Wacken. The band has never been this destroyed ever on the personal level. It was a band on the edge of the cliff.

“But just thinking about all of the strength you guys in that tent gave us when we entered that stage it just make Us speechless. Thank you so much. It pretty much sums up the massive support this year from all of you. Thank you again!

“We are looking forward to 2017 and a new year with all of you and we promise some more news will come pretty soon in 2017 for you. Have a great new year people! Without you we are nothing!
Respect. (Below are 2 photos I think sums up 2016. One photo is private taken by Ask without me knowing it. The band photo is from the Grammy Awards in Norway).”

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