EMPEROR Announce First Ever Japan Dates Celebrating In the Nightside Eclipse

The kings of black metal, EMPEROR, have announced that they will be visiting Japan for the first time this July.  They will be performing the classic, In the Nightside Eclipse, in its entirety for the two shows in Tokyo and Osaka.  Ticket info can be found here.  Here is what the band said:

“2014 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse‘ and we are finally ready to announce that we are coming to
Tokyo (July 17) and Osaka (July 18) to celebrate this occasion with you.

Faust will be performing with us for the European shows, but due to visa issues he will not be able to join us in Japan. However, Trym has kindly agreed to step in and perform with us exclusively for these two shows!

“We have both had the great pleasure of performing in Japan previously, but never before as Emperor. Band and crew are all very excited about this and we all look forward to seeing you there.

“Emperial regards,

Ihsahn and Samoth

In related news, In the Nightside Eclipse has been reissued as a 20th anniversary 2-CD set in a digibook.

INTRONAUT’s Sacha Dunable Announces Launch of Dunable Guitars

INTRONAUT/BEREFT vocalist/guitarist Sacha Dunable has announced his new guitar company, Dunable Guitars. Dunable Guitars currently has two models, Yarnhawk and Moonflower, which can be completely customized and ordered online at www.dunableguitars.com.  Very beautiful guitars.

If you’re a fan of INTRONAUT, you’ll know that Sacha is a guitar nerd that prides himself on tonality and has played a lot of different high end guitars.

Check out the guitars in action:

MASTODON: Stream New Song “High Road”

MASTODON has unveiled a brand new song “High Road” from their forthcoming album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS). The album comes out April 29, 2014. Check out the song below.

MASTODON band members had this to say about the new song:

“I wrote that on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling. I started banging on a guitar. I was thinking NEUROSIS and THE MELVINS low-tuned with a little more pop sensibility for the chorus.” — Bill Kelliher

“You can headbang to that one for days. I love the simplicity of it. Lyrically, it’s an angry number where you want to see someone destroyed. It’s heavy-handed in that sense, but it’s the fantasy I felt at the time.” — Brann Dailor

The End Records to Release EMPRESS AD’s Debut Album

The End Records/ADA, as part of a unique partnership with Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Group, is thrilled to announce they will be releasing the debut album from British prog-metal band EMPRESS AD.

For The End Records, who will be releasing the group’s full-length album exclusively in the United States this summer, the timing couldn’t be any better. As label owner Andreas Katsambas states, “Our global deal with ADA/WEA enabled us to reconnect with our good friends at Roadrunner. They have always displayed remarkable vision at discovering new talent and Empress AD is no exception. We are excited to be collaborating with Roadrunner and together really get behind such a special band!”

There are as many elements of MASTODON and OPETH in their music as there are of the more melodic PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON, and ELBOW – all huge influences. The band also cites influences such as post-hardcore bands, UNDEROATH and THRICE. If that seems quite the motley crew, you’ll understand why the band’s sound is hard to pin down.

EMPRESS AD’s Ollie Loring adds, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the ROADRUNNER and THE END RECORDS family.  Changing the band’s name was a necessary step to safeguard against any name issues down the line.  EMPRESS was then.  EMPRESS AD is the watershed moment and very much ’the now’.”

Check out previous single, “Blurred Perception“:

Their cover of PINK FLOYD‘s “Breathe” is also very good:

SEPTICFLESH: First Single from Titan Released

Extreme symphonic metal gods, SEPTICFLESH, have released their first single, “Order of Dracul,” off their upcoming album, Titan.  The album hits June 2014.

The band says, “‘Order of Dracul‘ is the first taste of the new album. It is a bombastic song with colorful classical orchestration. The title refers to Vlad Tepes, the notorious prince of Wallachia.”

We say that the song is an epic monster.  No one does orchestrations like these guys (Sorry DIMMU!).  The follow up to The Great Mass should be another winner.

Catch GODFLESH on Their 2014 U.S. Tour

Reunited extreme metal legends GODFLESH started their U.S. tour last week on the East Coast.  It’s been quite some time since the band toured the States so be sure to catch them because you never know if this will be the last time.

The End Records reissued the band’s final studio album, Hymns, as a 2-CD set with tons of bonus material.

Remaining tour dates:

4/15 – Metro – Chicago, IL
4/17/14 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
4/18/14 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/20/14 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/22/14 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
4/24/14 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

Here is some footage from their show in New York:

Song of the Day: THE OATH May Be the next GHOST

Extreme metal legend, Lee Dorian, has hit quite a few homeruns with his label, Rise Above Records, particularly with GHOST.  Well, it looks like he has another superstar band in the making with THE OATH.  Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis teamed up to write some excellent classic metal with a dark feel.

Check out the song, “All Must Die,” from their debut full-length, The Oath, which is out now.

TIAMAT’s Johan Edlund Announces Resignation

TIAMAT mainman Johan Edlund (vocals/guitar) announced last night that he is quitting the band.  He cited health issues.  Check out his statement:

“I have decided to leave Tiamat. My health etc.. Doesn’t work anylonger. I say leave because I don’t claim anything Tiamat. If the other guys wanna continue, fine.. Go ahead. Get a great goodlooking vocalist, sign to Century Media & just do it. But I’m out & not even intrested apart from wishing all the best for the band. All contracts & such will be handed out to Anders, lars & Roger, if they’re into it. I want nothing from this, I was spoiled too much of being an adult. Give someone a better chance. I will do the four festivals we have booked for the summer. Face it, there are other bands, plus even Tiamat might get better! Love my brothers & thank YOU for your support! KISSES!”

So without the band’s songwriter, it looks like the band will have a hard time carrying on.  What a shame.

STAROFASH’s New Meisterwerk Ghouleh is Available Now

Notodden, Norway’s STAROFASH, featuring Heidi S. Tveitan (ex-PECCATUM), has just released their fourth album entitled  Ghouleh.  The album is available for free streaming and purchase on Bandcamp (http://starofash-official.bandcamp.com/) in addition to iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.  In other words, Ghouleh is a digital only release via Mnemosyne Productions.

Here is what she had to say about the album:

“I am very happy to share the following announcement with you :)
Mnemosyne Productions are proud to present the fourth album from Starofash, titled ‘Ghouleh‘. This completes Heidi S. Tveitan‘s 2013 project, where she wrote, recorded and released one song for each month of the year. The album contains all twelve songs, and finishes off with a bonus track. Artwork and design by Ideophony. Photos by Heidi S. Tveitan.”

After listening to the first few tracks, it looks like STAROFASH have another winner on their hands.  Awesome.