Rotting Christ and Carach Angren have updated their extensive European co-headlining tour, “Rituals Amongst The Rotten” in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit Svart Crown.
Rotting Christ withCarach Angren andSvart Crown European tour:
Icelandic rock/metal masters Sólstafir are going to held a concert at Dom Omladine in Belgrade on December 4th with support acts Árstíðir and special quest Myrkur with Amalie Bruun that arrives in front of the atmospheric black metal project. Be there and have an amazing time.
Tickets were on sale from July 28th at the price of 1,600 dinars (the first 50 tickets) for the concert. The tickets will cost 2.000 in the official pre-order, and on the day of the concert, 2,500 dinars. The outlets are well-known shops Felix in Belgrade and Mungos in Novi Sad, as well as Eventim network.
MH Concertsand Serbian Hellbangers stated this about theSólstafir:
“In the next steps, the band creates its striking and original style, and today with the latest Berdreyminn album without hesitation, we can freely say standing on the shoulders with the best-rated and strongest names of today’s post-rock/metal scene. After years of testing and anticipation, finally, with great pleasure, we can announce the arrival of Icelandic wolves in Serbia.”
Statement of theMH Concertsand Serbian Hellbangers about the Mykur:
“Myrkur, from the very beginning, attracted a lot of attention from both fans and the media, but also caused a lot of controversy due to its unusual and different approach to the black metal sound. The band was created, and it still officially exists as a solo project, while the live performances are performed with a complete set. In Belgrade, we will present the new album Mareridt, which will be on sale in September of the current year”.
Check out their announcement for the concert in Belgrade for the fans in Serbia, also for Serbian Metal Portal here, enjoy it:
Until the concert check their music video for ”Hula” here, enjoy it:
Check out the music video ofÁrstíðir for ”Á meðan jörðin sefur” here, enjoy it:
Check out the music video, until the concert for Myrkur here, enjoy it:
For more information go the main event for the showHERE.
When Sólstafir asked their friends and label mates, Árstíðir to join them on their current European tour, the Icelanders had, of course, no strings attached. As it turns out, there are some keys in it though…
Árstíðir keyboarder Ragnar Ólafsson has happily accepted to give a helping hand or rather two to the enigmatic Icelandic rockers. This is, of course, a temporary arrangement, so don’t miss your chance to see this special touring line-up on the road right now.
As shows have already been sold out and tickets are running low in others venues, we strongly recommend booking in advance.
Sólstafir has successfully embarked on the second leg of their 2017 European tour. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers have been joined by Myrkur and Icelandic label mates Árstíðir. The final curtain of this massive journey will fall at Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden on the 20th of December.
Sólstafir tour with Myrkur andÁrstíðir:
23 Nov 17 Bilbao (ES) Santana27
24 Nov 17 Madrid (ES) Caracol
25 Nov 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz2
26 Nov 17 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod (without Myrkur)
27 Nov 17 Aarau (CH) Kiff
28 Nov 17 Milano (IT) Circolo Magnolia
29 Nov 17 München (DE) Theaterfabrik
30 Nov 17 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
01 Dec 17 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv
02 Dec 17 Zagreb (HR) Cultura Factory
04 Dec 17 Belgrade (RS) Dom Omladine
05 Dec 17 Bucuresti (RO) Quantic Club
06 Dec 17 Cluj-Napoca (RO) Form Space
07 Dec 17 Budapest (HU) A38
08 Dec 17 Wien (AT) Arena
10 Dec 17 Krakow (PL) Kwadrat
11 Dec 17 Praha (CZ) Roxy
12 Dec 17 Berlin (DE) Heimathafen
13 Dec 17 Köln (DE) Kantine
14 Dec 17 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof (without Myrkur)
15 Dec 17 Rotterdam (NL) Maassilo
16 Dec 17 Bruxelles (BE) VK
17 Dec 17 Hamburg (DE) Gruenspan
18 Dec 17 København (DK) Pumpehuset
19 Dec 17 Oslo (NO) Parkteateret
20 Dec 17 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Strand
Season of Mist Records recently announced the signing of eclectic Icelandic independent/folk rock act Árstíðir .
Árstíðir have emerged from the burgeoning Icelandic music scene in 2008 when the three founding members coming from different genres discovered their mutual love for vocal harmonies. Daniel, Gunnar, and Ragnar quickly went from playing acoustic cover versions to their own sonic footprint amalgamating influences from classical, folk, rock, and minimalist music into something quite unique, which might be carefully dubbed “Icelandic independent”.
With early lyrical references pointing towards the spectacular nature and scenery of this volcanic island and the strongly contrasting moods of its seasons, the band took the name Árstíðir , which means “seasons” in their native Icelandic tongue.
At home, the band experienced a fast rise. Only four months after their conception, Árstíðir had risen from performing in a coffee shop in Reykjavik to scoring a number one hit on national radio with the track “Sunday Morning”.
The Icelanders published their eponymous debut, ‘Árstíðir’ in summer 2009, and while their home country was reeling from the market crash, the bands stocks went up. During the air traffic disrupting eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. a first international tour started that led to Árstíðir continuing to tour relentlessly over the next years and gather a dedicated fan base in more than 30 countries.
Their second album, ‘Svefns Og Vöku Skil’ followed in 2011 and only a year later, the Icelanders won the prestigious Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award in Germany. While on the road in Germany in 2013, a friend of Árstíðir recorded an impromptu performance of the old Icelandic hymn, “Heyr Himna Smiður” in a train station, which went viral on YouTube and has attracted more than 6 million views by now.
Backed by global interest sparked by this viral hit, Árstíðir continued their headlining tours and furthermore supported Swedish band Pain of Salvation and Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen.
Árstíðir launched a highly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014 to finance the recording of their third full-length ”Hvel”, which translates as “spheres” and following its release, the band embarked on a first US tour that reached from coast to coast.
A collaboration with Anneke Van Giersbergen followed in 2016. The album, ”Verloren Verleden” contains a collection of re-imagined traditional and classical songs.
Currently, Árstíðir are working on their forthcoming fourth album, which will be released through Season of Mist Records worldwide in 2018.
German Downfall Of Gaia will head out to Europe in February for another run in support of their latest album ”Atrophy”! Direct support will be Metal Blade’s latest signing Hamferð from the Faroe Islands who will release their Metal Blade Records debut ”Támsins likam” January 12th!
Statement of the band about the tour:
“Today we are glad to announce our upcoming European Tour for February and we are very happy to tell you that we will have Hamferð from the Faroe Islands as special guest with us! Their diverse and spheric sound of death doom will be the perfect addition to this tour and will deliver some epic nights filled with walls of sounds! Besides that we are able to visit a few cities we haven’t played before which makes this run even more interesting! Hope to see you in February – We are really looking forward to this one!”
Statement of the Hamferð about the tour:
“The best thing about releasing new music might just be that it gives us the opportunity to go back out on tour and perform our new material to lots of different people in lots of different places. We have worked on “Támsins likam” for the better part of four years, so we are naturally excited to finally be able to share the songs with our audiences in a live setting. And we are very happy to be able to do it together with our label-mates from Downfall Of Gaia, whose atmospheric post-metal is a very good fit to our music!”
Downfall Of Gaia European Tour withHamferð:
02/02/18 DE – Stuttgart – Club Zentral
03/02/18 DE – Marburg – KFZ
04/02/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
05/02/18 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
06/02/18 DE – Dresden – Eventwerk
07/02/18 PL – Krakau – Club Zaczek
08/02/18 AT – Wien – Viper Room
09/02/18 HU – Budapest – Kvlt
10/02/18 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar
11/02/18 IT – Rimini – Wave Club
12/02/18 DE – München – Backstage
16/02/18 DE – Neunkirchen – Stummsche Reithalle
18/02/18 DE – Münster – Café Sputnik
Rotting Christ kicks off their 6-date Russian tour at the MOD in St. Petersburg tomorrow since 21st of November.
The iconic Greeks have furthermore already announced a string of more dates in Europe and beyond for the rest of this year and a massive European headlining tour with Carach Angren in January and February 2018.
Mastermind Sakis stated this about their last album ”Rituals” and about the tour:
“Friends, we are proud to be able to present our latest album ‘Rituals’ once more to you. Your support and enthusiasm is what keeps us going. We are extremely excited and looking forward to see you again on the road!”
Rotting Christ Russia 2017:
21 Nov 17 St. Petersburg (RU) MOD
22 Nov 17 Moscow (RU) Moskva
23 Nov 17 Kaluga (RU) Garage Club
24 Nov 17 Voronezh (RU) Parnas Club
25 Nov 17 Rostov (RU) Rave Club
26 Nov 17 Krasnodar (RU) Arena Hall
Rotting Christ shows 2017:
30 Nov 17 Cluj Napoca (RO) Flying Circus
01 Dec 17 Cluj Napoca (RO) Flying Circus (sold out)
02 Dec 17 Minsk (BY) Brugge
10 Dec 17 Istanbul (TR) If Performance Hall
Rotting Christ co-headling tour Carach Angren 2018:
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast
29 Jan 18 København (DK) Pumpehuset
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
08 Feb 18 Gijon (ES) Acapulco
09 Feb 18 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
10 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion
17 Feb 18 Veghel (NL) Veghel Black Fest
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
Rotting Christ festival 2018:
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
Artwork and track list of ”Rituals” can be viewed below.
1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. זה נגמר (Ze Nigmar)
3. Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
4. Les Litanies De Satan
(Les Fleurs Du Mal)
5. Ἄπαγε Σατανά (Apage Satana)
6. Του Θάνατου (Tou Thanatou)
7. For A Voice Like Thunder
8. Konx Om Pax
9. देवदेवं (Devadevam)
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok’tar Ogar (bonus track vinyl)
Rotting Christ have stood the test of time. ”Rituals” is an album that has obviously been written by veterans. The Greek legends inject a 27 years career, 12 albums, and more than 1.200 shows into their songwriting.
With confidence and skills derived from experience, each song represents its own sonic universe. Guitarist and vocalist Sakis Tolis in collaboration with his brother Themis on drums achieve a perfect balance of amalgamating their classic and unique style of riffing and rhythm with exciting new elements sprinkled in to keep their material exciting and fresh. Carefully chosen guests are being added for better effect, not name dropping such as the spoken words of Nick Holmes(Paradise Lost) on “A Voice Like Thunder” or Samael’sVorph mesmerizingly quoting from Charles Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs Du Mal” throughout the song “Les Litanies De Satan“. Goosebumps moments such as these are liberally sprinkled throughout the record, which manages the feat to sound rock solid and made out of one heavy piece as well as diverse and far ranging at the same time.
The experienced is enhanced by Jens Bogren’s equally clear and transparent yet also massive as well as sombre mix and mastering at his widely renowned Fascination Street Studios (Amorphis, Borknagar, Moonspell, Devin Towsend, and many more).
A mature album such as ”Rituals” comes with a history. Rotting Christ were founded as early as 1987 by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis. They started out playing death/grind, but had already turned to darker paths by the time their debut full-length ”Thy Mighty Contract”(1993) was unleashed.
On the following seven albums covering a ten year period from ”Non Serviam” (1994) to ”Sanctus Diavolos”(2004), Rotting Christ steadily refined their style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. Yet with the highly acclaimed ”Theogonia” (2007) the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which gave their ninth full-length a very distinctive and individual twist. With this album, Rotting Christ had fully defined their style, to be explored with later releases.
Such a masterpiece can hardly be surpassed, but Rotting Christ held their ground with ”’AEALO’ (2010). Their country’s rich ancient heritage was translated into the universal language of metal with added female choirs, ancient reed pipes as well as folkloristic melodies and rhythms. Their latest masterpiece ”Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” (2013) took this musical and lyrical concept another step further, confirming Rotting Christ’s individual sound incorporating subtle female vocals, piano, bagpipes, horns, and other means. All of these elements are expertly combined and enhanced by excellent songwriting.
Now ”Rituals’‘ marks another step in the evolution of the Greek masters. Buckle up for a fascinating musical ride through ancient cults and mythologies evoking strong feelings and firing up imagination. Metal at its best!
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
George: guitars Available formats:
Digibox CD with extras
Double Gatefold Vinyl LP in various colours
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
Guest musicians (in order of appearance):
Magus (Necromantia) – In Nomine Dei Nostri
Danai Katsameni (National Hellenic Theater) – Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
Vorph (Samael) – Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost) – For A Voice Like Thunder
Kathir (Rudra) – देवदेवं (Devadevam)
Here are the pictures from the concert of Sekhmet, Amken and Norwegianblack metal gods Gehenna and Gorgoroth in Serbia at The Club Quarter on November 6th, check out some amazing black metal power here, enjoy it:
Soon after the successful Eastern Europe tour with Amon Amarth, the Swedish “multi-metal” act Norrsköld began writing material for their new album. The follow-up to the latest release “Withering Virtue – The second chapter” is planned to be recorded during the second half of 2018, with a preliminary release in early 2019.
Statement of the band about the writing process for the new album:
“Currently we have demo songs for about 10 songs, with more ideas constantly coming up. Following the classical trademark of Norrsköld, we aim at writing songs that are both brutal and catchy at the same time, where blast beats and devilish twin guitar harmonies are mixed with sections of pure evil in auditive format. We’re determined to write as exciting and original songs as we possibly can, while maintaining the melodic nerve that defines our music. As always, we do not fear to mix styles and influences in our songwriting, which gives us the edge of “multimetal”. The upcoming album will definitly please fans of classical melodic metal bands like Dissection, Arch Enemy and old In Flames while also giving the listeners new elements of melodic metal that have never been heard before. Keep an eye out for more updates on the album process, and make sure to follow Norrsköld on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Twitter!”
Deriving from the cold forests of Sweden, Norrsköld (formed in 2012) has entered the global metal scene to spread a unique metal sound, blending atmospheric black metal with melodic death/folk metal. Both the debut EP ” Blessings of winter ” (April 2013) and a year later the debut album ”Reflections of the night sky” gained a lot of overwhelmingly good reviews from all over the world. After releasing the EP ”Ridden” in April 2015, the band released a new double single “Shores Forsaken” in April 2016, followed by a music video of the title track. “Shores Forsaken” was promoted during an European tour together with the Swedish death metal veterans Nightrage. In March 2017, Norrsköld released their second full-length album “Withering Virtue – The second chapter” (on Rexius Records), consisting of 12 fresh multimetal tracks and also featuring Marios Illioupolos from Nightrage as a guest musician. The album is already available in a CD format, and will also be available as a vinyl during the summer of 2017.
Watch the band’s first official Music video ”Shores Forsaken” (recorded in March 2016), the title track of the 2016 double single, here enjoy it:
Black metal titans Gorgoroth will held on November 6th at the Novi Sad at club The Quarter !
According to the official timetable, the doors of the club will be opened at 7:45 pm, and the first in front of the Serbian audience will be Czech team Sekhmet at 20h. The warming up of the atmosphere for the stars of the evening will continue with the Greek band Amken from 20:45, while the powerful Gehenna will take the stage at 21:35 pm. The appearance of Gorgoroth is announced at 23:00 pm.
The tickets are for the pre-sold are at price of 2000 dinars, while at the entrance to the club, the ticket will cost 2500 dinars. You can buy your tickest at Mungos (NS) and Felix (BG), while online sales are performed by Gigstix.
More information about the concert is available on the official Serbian Hellbangers Facebook event.
Check out some the live performance for the song ”Kala brahman” here, enjoy it:
Australian summer is about to get hot: Mayhem have announced to bring their complete landmark debut album ”De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” live to Down Under in January 2018. The Norwegian black metal icons will be joined by local label mates DÉPARTE and supported by BÖLZER as well as Ruins.
Legendary Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar stated this about ”De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” :
“The first time, I ever heard from Mayhem was in ’91-’92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that message was going to change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist to replace Dead on their debut album. Of course, I agreed to their offer and in 1993 we recorded ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’, which to me remains one of the most magical albums of all time.
The music opened some unfathomable dimensions that reached beyond what we were able to handle and it unleashed a complete chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record, but when it finally came out under the sun in ’94, it left a lasting impact on the whole metal scene. The so-called “2nd wave of black metal” was born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time Mayhem collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes, the band had to rise again, when Mayhem reunited with some old and new members. Yet that album always remained so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with Mayhem in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live in full. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. In 2016 we suddenly felt that it was time to finally play the whole record in order to unleash That Beast after more than two decades. ”De Mysteriis Dom Sathans” will soon become alive!”
Mayhem Australian tour dates:
16 Jan 18 Perth (AU) Capitol
17 Jan 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
18 Jan 18 Sydney (AU) Max Watts
19 Jan 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
Mayhem latest critically acclaimed album, ”Esoteric Warfare” is streaming here and can be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop. The cover of ‘Esoteric Warfare’, which has been created by renowned Polish artistZbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Paradise Lost, BÖLZER, Zhrine) can be viewed together with the track-list below.
7. Throne of Time
8. Corpse of Care
10. Aion Suntelia
It has been seven long years since Mayhem released their fourth and last full-length “Ordo ad Chao”. Founded as early as in 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud, and Kjetil “Manheim” Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the Venom song “Mayhem with Mercy”. Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the English trio, Mayhem soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre. The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve “Dead” Ohlin.
The murder of Euronymous by guest bass player “Count Grishnakh” alias the notorious Varg Vikernes. Church burnings, drugs and prison sentences, Mayhem were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after the other. The incredible rawness of the “Deathcrush” EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of Tormentor fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen.
The latter was featured on the “Wolf’s Lair Abyss”EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen, who scored a massive success with the highly controversial “Grand Declaration Of War” (2000). Those were followed by the more classic “Chimera” (2004) and a masterpiece of utter darkness called “Ordo Ad Chao” (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks. Mayhem had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band Ava Inferi in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten “Teloch” Iversen.
The guitarist had already made a name for himself with Nidigr, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon. Now his first compositional work with Mayhem is unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia. Tremble world, Mayhem are back with a vengeance!