First Details Of New Metal Opera “Beloved Antichrist” Announced By Therion, Tour Dates Revealed

When 15 year old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded Therion as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly 30 years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal’s most ambitious release. While “metal operas” are no longer an unusual creation, this term will forever receive a new meaning on January 26, 2018, when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: “Beloved Antichrist.” The new spectacular brainchild consists of 3 full-length CDs. It’s more than just a concept album, but a complete rock opera with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov “A Short Tale Of The Antichrist.”

With an incredible total of 29 different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, Therion hired not only a big choir, but also 29 vocalists to bring the epic story to life. With long-time collaborators like Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti, fans will hear the classical Therion vibe but also be able to drown in a magical maelstrom of many new as well as familiar voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera reaches a full length of 3 and a half hours and Therion is currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage.

While this monumental undertaking still simmers away in the Swedish production halls, the band has announced a pan-European tour where they will perform some of their new masterpieces live in a classical concert setting. Support comes from Russia’s Imperial Age, Germany’s Null Positiv and New York symphonic metal act Midnight Eternal. Don’t miss this new milestone in the history of symphonic metal and witness this dramatic staging of the apocalypse and all those brave, sinister and fascinating characters heading towards the end of it all.

More info on “Beloved Antichrist” will be revealed soon. The European tour dates are as follows:

THERION
w/ IMPERIAL AGE + NULL POSITIV + MIDNIGHT ETERNAL
01.02. DE – Essen, Turock
02.02. NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
03.02. UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
04.02. UK – Manchester, Rebellion
07.02. UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
08.02. UK – Glasgow, Audio
09.02. UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10.02. UK – Belfast, Limelight
11.02. IRE – Dublin, Tivoli
13.02. UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14.02. UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute
16.02. FR – Paris, Trabendo
20.02. ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
21.02. PT – Oporto, Hard Club
22.02. Pt – Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo
23.02. ES – Sevilla, Sala Custom
24.02. ES – Madrid, Sala But 2
25.02. ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
01.03. IT – Brescia, Circolo Colony
02.03. IT – Rome, Orion
03.03. IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
04.03. SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
05.03. HR – Zagreb, Tvornica
06.03. SRB – Belgrade, Dom Obladine
08.03. GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
09.03. GR – Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy
10.03. BG – Sofia, Weekender Club
11.03. RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
13.03. HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
14.03. SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
15.03. CZ – Praha, Meetfactory
16.03. PL – Wroclaw, A2
17.03. PL – Warsaw, Progresja
18.03. PL – Gdansk, B90
20.03. LT – Vilnius, Rock River Club
21.03. LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
29.03. DE – Bremen, Tivoli
03.04. DE – Munich, Backstage
05.04. DE – Jena, F Haus
07.04. NL – Tilburg, 013
10.04. ISR – Tel Aviv, TBA

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New Single “Teras” Posted By Through The Eyes Of The Dead

Through The Eyes Of The Dead has debuted a third new single titled “Teras” today, which you can check out in the player below. “Teras” features former vocalist Nate Johnson. The new track comes from the band’s new LP, “Disomus,” which is scheduled to be released October 13, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne)/Good Fight Music.

“We’re extremely excited to release ‘Teras’ to everyone,” says bassist Jake Ososkie. “Getting two vocalists like Nate and Danny on the same track took this song to new heights. Enjoy it and make sure you pick up ‘Disomus’ on October 13th!”

Fans can find three new tracks available right now on all streaming services and digital providers. Tracks “Teras,” “Obitual” (featuring original vocalist Anthony Gunnells) and “Hate The Living” are available as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive all three tracks as instant downloads.

“Disomus” is the long anticipated follow up to their last LP, “Skepsis,” released in 2010. “Disomus” marks the second consecutive album with vocalist Danny Rodriguez and drummer Michael Ranne (a first in the group’s impressive history) together with longtime bassist Jake Ososkie and founding guitarist and songwriting engine Justin Longshore.

“Disomus” doubles as the studio introduction of new guitarist Steven Funderburk (also of Wretched, Lillake) and the return of original vocalist Anthony Gunnells and his successor, Nate Johnson, via strong guest appearances, bringing Through The Eyes Of The Dead full circle.

“Disomus” is the medical term describing an abnormal fetus with two bodies but one head. The album’s subject matter includes the tale of a man buried alive by a cult (“Obitual”), a dark magician’s creation of a malignant entity via sacrificial killing (“Haruspex”), underworld spirits doomed to roam the earth (“Dismal”), the Styx River of Greek myth (“Vortices in the Stygian Maelstrom”), the themes of the Alien/Prometheus film franchise (“Teras,” alternately named for an abnormal fetus with two heads and one body), and the real life tragedy and horror discovered by Rodriguez, a Chicago police officer, when called upon to check on the well being of an elderly person who lived alone (“Till Solace, She’ll Haunt”).

The track listing is:

1. Hate The Living
2. Obitual (song streaming here)
3. Haruspex
4. Of Mortals, We Once Were
5. The Binding Nightmare
6. Vortices In The Stygian Malestrom
7. Ingis
8. Teras
9. Till Solane, She’ll Haunt
10. Dismal

Check out “Teras” here:

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New Single “Teras” Posted By Through The Eyes Of The Dead

Through The Eyes Of The Dead has debuted a third new single titled “Teras” today, which you can check out in the player below. “Teras” features former vocalist Nate Johnson. The new track comes from the band’s new LP, “Disomus,” which is scheduled to be released October 13, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne)/Good Fight Music.

“We’re extremely excited to release ‘Teras’ to everyone,” says bassist Jake Ososkie. “Getting two vocalists like Nate and Danny on the same track took this song to new heights. Enjoy it and make sure you pick up ‘Disomus’ on October 13th!”

Fans can find three new tracks available right now on all streaming services and digital providers. Tracks “Teras,” “Obitual” (featuring original vocalist Anthony Gunnells) and “Hate The Living” are available as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive all three tracks as instant downloads.

“Disomus” is the long anticipated follow up to their last LP, “Skepsis,” released in 2010. “Disomus” marks the second consecutive album with vocalist Danny Rodriguez and drummer Michael Ranne (a first in the group’s impressive history) together with longtime bassist Jake Ososkie and founding guitarist and songwriting engine Justin Longshore.

“Disomus” doubles as the studio introduction of new guitarist Steven Funderburk (also of Wretched, Lillake) and the return of original vocalist Anthony Gunnells and his successor, Nate Johnson, via strong guest appearances, bringing Through The Eyes Of The Dead full circle.

“Disomus” is the medical term describing an abnormal fetus with two bodies but one head. The album’s subject matter includes the tale of a man buried alive by a cult (“Obitual”), a dark magician’s creation of a malignant entity via sacrificial killing (“Haruspex”), underworld spirits doomed to roam the earth (“Dismal”), the Styx River of Greek myth (“Vortices in the Stygian Maelstrom”), the themes of the Alien/Prometheus film franchise (“Teras,” alternately named for an abnormal fetus with two heads and one body), and the real life tragedy and horror discovered by Rodriguez, a Chicago police officer, when called upon to check on the well being of an elderly person who lived alone (“Till Solace, She’ll Haunt”).

The track listing is:

1. Hate The Living
2. Obitual (song streaming here)
3. Haruspex
4. Of Mortals, We Once Were
5. The Binding Nightmare
6. Vortices In The Stygian Malestrom
7. Ingis
8. Teras
9. Till Solane, She’ll Haunt
10. Dismal

Check out “Teras” here:

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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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