Ragnarok Announces New Bassist Rammr

Norwegian black metal crew Ragnarok will embark on Latin American tour with new bassist Rammr (Jordskipstyrann, Elvarhøi) on September 6th. Having spent the last year using session bass players for live appearances, Ragnarok just announced that Rammr has joined the band on a full-time, permanent basis.

“Originally it was our intention to use a session bassist going forward,” explains founder and frontman Jontho, who recently switched roles to become the band’s vocalist. “However, during the shows he did with us, Rammr’s dedication to his craft, and to Ragnarok itself, became very evident to everyone. He fits in perfectly with the rest of the band, which includes Bolverk on guitars and drummer Daniel Minge (Dauden), not only on stage, but also on a personal level. Most importantly, he understands our ideology, and what Ragnarok expects of its members, and after yet another incredible performance from him at Kaltenbach Open Air recently, I thought it was right to make him a full member.”

Ragnarok is set to hit the road in September for a thirteen-date tour of South America. Routing for the trek will be as follows:

SEP 06 Recife – Brasil
SEP 08 River Rock – Indaial – Brasil
SEP 09 Guaru Metal Fest – Guarulhos – Brazil
SEP 12 Buenos Aires – Argentina
SEP 13 Rancagua – Chile
SEP 14 Santiago – Chile
SEP 15 Cali – Colombia w/ Ancient
SEP 16 Bogotá – Colombia w/ Ancient
SEP 17 Panamá city – Panamá
SEP 20 San José – Costa Rica
SEP 22 Guadalajara – México
SEP 23 Monterrey – México
SEP 24 México City – México

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Below Parts Ways With Guitarist Berg

Swedish doomsters Below today announced the departure of guitarist Berg from the band. Below comments: “It is sad to lose a ‘member of the family, but we part as friends and we respect and accept Berg’s wish to leave the band. We want to thank him for everything he has done for Below both as a musician and as a friend. We wish him best of luck in the future.”

Berg had this to say: “It saddens me to inform you all that I have decided to quit Below. Having thought about it for months it is the only way for me and my well being. And it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the band to continue in Below half-hearted. The reason is simple, I need to do something else, explore my own creativity beyond Below and doom metal. I wish the guys in the band all the best. And a huge thank you to all of you, the fans, who have helped Below become what it is today. You are a true inspiration.”

Filling Berg’s spot for upcoming live shows will be guitarist Jonte Bjoerkborg. Apart from being a close friend to the band (he’s even credited on “Across The Dark River”) he has previously played with Zeb & Doc in Malison Rogue.

In other news, Below is confirmed for two prestigious doom metal events: the Doom Over Vienna festival taking place in Vienna, Austria November 11th, and the Hammer Of Doom festival in Wurzburg on November 18th.

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New Video Clip “A Grave Is The River” Posted By Witchwood

Italian stoner/doom rock act Witchwood issued a new music video for the song “A Grave is the River.” The song appears on the band’s latest effort “Handful Of Stars,” which is available via Jolly Roger Records.

Witchwood will perform live at Hammer of Doom Festival (Germany) in November with Cirith Ungol, Lucifer’s Friend, Count Raven and more AND at the Malta Doom Festival (Malta) in October, with Hell, Atlantean Kodex and more.

Check out the clip here:

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Enslaved Unveils New Album “E”

Avant-garde Norwegian group Enslaved will unleash a new studio album on October 13th 2017. This 14th full-length album sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers a mix of prog, extreme metal, and shoegaze on eight tracks with a playing time of more than an hour.

Elegantly titled “E,” the album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson (music, lyrics) and singer/bassist Grutle Kjellson (lyrics) and marks the introduction of new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. The album was mixed and mastered at the Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren.

As support for this brave sound journey, the group brought several guest musicians on board for the songs “Hiindsiight” and “Feathers Of Eolh,” including Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage, and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.

A first single will land online this coming Friday, while the full track listing contains these majestic anthems:

01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks available on the digipak:
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)

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Zeal And Ardor Posts “Blood In The River” Live Video

After releasing the “Devil Is Fine” album earlier this year, Zeal & Ardor just dropped a live video for “Blood in the River,” which can be seen in the player below.

About the song, Z&A’s Manuel Gagneux comments: “‘Blood in the River’ is partially about the Stono Rebellion and partially about self-liberation from religion. I quite like this song.”

The band has also booked several tour dates in the U.S. this comming August. Catch the incredibly unique Zeal & Ardor experience live:

8/19 — Los Angeles— The Hi Hat
8/20 — Las Vegas — Psycho Vegas
8/22 — Chicago – The Beat Kitchen
8/23 — Brooklyn – St. Vitus

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Triverse Massacre Premieres New Music Video “Styx” From Latest EP “Hades”

UK’s Triverse Massacre premieres a new music video for “Styx”, taken from the band’s latest EP “Hades”, out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Styx” below.

Says the band about “Styx”:

“Styx is the angriest song on the EP which is fitting as it’s based on the river of hate and a perfect way to kick things off. Starting with a huge call to arms vocal before going into a full-on thrash assault. The bridge section veers off into orchestral black metal territory.”

Triverse Massacre is:

Liam Stark (Vocals)
James Graham (Guitar)
Chris Kelsall (Guitar)
Jason McEwan (Bass)
Mike Collins (Drums).

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New Album “In Contact” Detailed By Caligula’s Horse

Caligula’s Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia’s progressive rock scene, has announced the release of the fourth studio album “In Contact,” which is set for release on September 15th via Inside Out Music. A teaser clip is available below.

As with the band’s acclaimed album “Bloom” before it, “In Contact” sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: “In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We’re one another’s harshest critic, but fortunately we’ve done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction – we can finish each other’s musical sentences, so to speak. And we’re lucky that’s the case, since ‘In Contact’ proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we’d conceived of in the past.”

Vocalist Jim Grey adds: “‘In Contact’ has been an enormous proposition – the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we’ve never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous – but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom.”

As with the band’s second album “The Tide, the Thief & River’s End,” the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor. “We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us” Vallen continues. “The broader concept is based around the nature of art – of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences.”

Taking in four separate chapters, each one is dedicated to an individual and their own personal journey and how they express themselves through art. “Each of these artists are reaching for something more in their lives, and while disconnected entirely from one another, they are united by that reach: for a better life, but also for something intangible.”

Written between late 2016 and May 2017, “In Contact” went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on ‘In Contact’ stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of “Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)” to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, “Graves.” This is Caligula’s Horse at its most ambitious and progressive.

The full track-listing is as follows:

1. Dream the Dead
2. Will’s Song (Let the Colours Run)
3. The Hands are the Hardest
4. Love Conquers All
5. Songs for No One
6. Capulet
7. Fill My Heart
8. Inertia and the Weapon of the Wall
9. The Cannon’s Mouth
10. Graves

Check out the preview clip here:

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In Flames Premieres New Music Video “Here Until Forever” From Latest Album “Battles”

Swedish melodic metallers In Flames premieres a new music video for “Here Until Forever”, taken from the band’s latest album “Battles”, out now via Eleven Seven Music.

Check out now “Here Until Forever” below.

In Flames is currently trekking around the U.S. Check out all the remaing dates below:

May 14 – Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
May 16 – Dream Makers Theatre – Sault Saint Marie, MI
May 17 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 20 – Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH
May 21 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 22 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
May 24 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
May 25 – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill – Dallas, TX
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 27 – River City Rockfest – San Antonio, TX

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Reissue Of First Two Albums On The Way From Caligula’s Horse

Caligula’s Horse, one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, is set to return to Europe in June 2017 for a string of live dates including support slots with Opeth, Anathema & Pain of Salvation, UK headline shows and festival appearances at Midsummer Prog Festival (Valkenburg, Netherlands) and the Be Prog! My Friend Festival (Barcelona, Spain). To coincide with that, InsideOutMusic will reissue the band’s first two albums “Moments From Ephemeral City” and “The Tide, the Thief & River’s End” on June 16th in both CD and digital download formats.

“Moments From Ephemeral City” was released in 2011, and is the band’s debut album. Originally intended as a solo album by Sam Vallen, it quickly became the start of the story for Caligula’s Horse once vocalist Jim Grey became involved. Recorded entirely by the duo, it presents a vision that is colourful, eclectic and vivid.

“The Tide, the Thief & River’s End” followed in 2013, and was a concept album that explored themes of oppression, exodus, and the inexorable survival of the human spirit. The album saw them perform with the likes of Protest The Hero, Mastodon & Opeth, as well as garnering the attention of current label InsideOutMusic.

Vocalist Jim Grey comments: “We’re thrilled that our first two albums will be far easier to get a hold of around the world now through Inside Out Music. ‘Moments’ and ‘River’s End’ are an integral part of the Caligula’s Horse journey – we learned a lot creating them and though it’s been some years since their release, we’re as proud of them as ever.

“We’re looking forward to sharing fan favorites from our whole back catalogue with our friends in Europe in June!”

You can find the full list of tour dates below:

19th June – Le Rex, Toulouse, France w/ Pain of Salvation
20th June – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland w/ Opeth
21st June – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland w/ Opeth
22nd June – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Pain of Salvation
23rd June – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands w/ Anathema
24th June – Midsummer Prog Festival, Valkenburg, Netherlands
25th June – The Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
28th June – The Black Heart, London, UK
30th June – Be Prog! My Friend Festival, Barcelona, Spain

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Fozzy Posts “Judas” MusicVideo

Fozzy just unleashed the first single off the band’s forthcoming seventh studio record with an electrifying music video for the track “Judas.” In addition to the video premiere, “Judas” will serve as the official theme song for the WWE event “NXT Takeover: Chicago” on May 20th.

Frontman and WWE legend Chris Jericho comments: “For such a dark and sexy song like ‘Judas,’ we wanted a dark and sexy video to match…and we got that and more!

“In one take we filmed a unique, visually stunning masterpiece that combines an incredible song, psycho clowns, hot chicks, a man on fire and a great rock n roll band, all in one tasty video morsel. What more could you want…a giant rabbit holding balloons? Oh yeah, we’ve got that too!”

Fozzy is also primed to begin the “Judas Rising” tour this week; kicking things off May 5th in Virginia Beach, VA. Tickets & VIP Packages for all dates on the tour to be found at this location.

May 5th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Lunatic Luau*
May 6th – Canton, GA @ The Revival**
May 7th – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
May 9th – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
May 10th – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
May 11th – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 12th – Ashwaubenon, WI @ Green Bay Distillery
May 13th – Dubuque, IA @ Courtside Sports Bar & Grill
May 14th – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion*
May 16th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Concert Lounge
May 17th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
May 18th – Patchogue, NY @ 89 North Music Venue
May 19th – Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
May 20th – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
May 21st – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage Morgantown
May 23rd – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
May 24th – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
May 25th – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 26th – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma*
May 27th – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest*
May 28th – Dallas, TX @ BFD Festival*
June 24th – Auburn, WA @ Pain In The Grass*

* – Fozzy Only
** – No Sons of Texas

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