DISSECTION Frontman Commits Suicide

DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead from an apparent ritual suicide on Wednesday, August 16th at his apartment in Hässelby, Sweden.

Reports stated that he was surrounded by a ring of lit candles, and had shot himself in the head. Nödtveidt was also said to have sent farewell letters to his father and girlfriend and explained to a friend, “I’m going away for a long, long time. I’m going to Transylvania.”

The surviving members of DISSECTION issued the following statement:

“As rumours have started to spread we feel obliged to confirm Jon Nödtveidt‘s death. Jon Nödtveidt was a man who lived his life according to his convictions and True Will. A couple of days ago he chose to end his life by his own hands. As a true Satanist he led his life in the way he wanted and ended it when he felt that he had fulfilled his self-created destiny. Not everyone will have understanding or acceptance for his personal path in this life and beyond, but all must respect his choice.

“Those of us who have met him in his last days can assure that he was more focussed, happier and stronger than ever. It is our full conviction that he left this world of lies with a scornful laughter, knowing that he had fulfilled everything that he had set up for himself to accomplish. The empty space that he leaves behind will be filled with the dark essence that he manifested through his life and black-magical work. His legacy and Luciferian Fire will live on through those few who truly knew him and appreciated his work for what it really was and still is. As our brother’s goal in life and death never was to ‘Rest in Peace’, we will instead wish him victories in all battles to come, until the Acosmic Destiny has been fulfilled.”

The band recently announced their official disbandment following a small round of farewell shows, and had just released their final album, Reinkaos. Prior to that, Nödveidt served seven years for accessory to murder and possession of an illegal firearm.

More information on his suicide can be found via Swedish media reports:

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While all the big, influential Norwegian black metal bands have graduated to a different echelon, a small sect of bands have continued to thrive in their “abscence” by sticking to the code of true black metal. 1349 may not be as familiar as DARKTHRONE and GORGOROTH, but they have made a name for themselves recently with three impressive albums in as many years. Their keen ability to channel that same vicious Satanic savagery as said bands is 1349‘s gleaming essence. APESHIT spoke with guitarist Archaon on the band’s emergence and role in carrying the “real” black metal torch into the new millenium.

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EMPEROR Announce Additional Performances

Notodden, Norway: After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and completing recent capacity performances in America, EMPEROR have announced two additional performances for 2006. Scheduled Saturday, October 7, EMPEROR will headline the fifth annual Motstoy Festival in the band’s hometown of Notodden. Formed in 2002 by local youth and supportive arts organizations, this year’s festival will also include appearances by RED HARVEST, MORTIIS, SHE SAID DESTROY and PAGAN’S MIND, among others.

“The Motstoy Festival is a non-profit organization situated in Notodden that my company Mnemosyne Productions has endorsed since its start in 2002,” says vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. “As it is a no-alcohol arrangement with no age limit, it is a great opportunity for EMPEROR to play a local show and at the same time give younger fans a chance to see us live.” Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at the festival’s official site located at www.motstoy.com.

EMPEROR additionally confirm their return to England for an exclusive engagement at the famed London Astoria. Scheduled Saturday, October 28 the show will feature supporting performances from Candlelight Recording artist TO-MERA and Nocturnal Art Productions recording artist SHE SAID DESTROY.

“It’s great to finally come back to England with EMPEROR,” says Samoth. “England is where we first started out in the early 90’s; signing to Candlelight Records and heading out on our first real tour. We’ve always had a strong following in England, both press and fans, and we’ve built up a strong relationship throughout the years with the folks at Candlelight Records and Plastic Head, so it was a very obvious choice for us to return to the United Kingdom. All hail & see you soon!”

The recently announced EMPEROR guitar tablature book, Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath, will see worldwide release in time for the London performance. The 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and transcriptions by Ihsahn will include original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics contained on the band’s 2003 compilation of the same name.

Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising Tour with ENSLAVED, DARK FUNERAL

Candlelight Records today proudly announces its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9, Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), ENSLAVED (Norway) and introduce newcomers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

DARK FUNERAL guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, “since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It’ll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!”

ENSLAVED guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, “I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive ENSLAVED tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we.”

Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly.

DISSECTION Cancel North American Tour Dates

Swedish metal pioneers DISSECTION have cancelled their two scheduled appearances in North America. The band had two shows planned in North America this fall:

Sept 1: Los Angeles (USA), House of Blues Sunset Strip
Sept 6: New York City (USA), B.B. King Blues Club

After continued delays via the US Immigration Services, vocalist and guitarist Jon Nödtveidt has been denied legal entry into the United States.

The reason being his previously prison sentence from 1998. The band was supposed to play two stateside concerts, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on September 1st and the BB King’s in New York on September 6th.

About the shows being cancelled, Nödtveidt states: “We knew from the beginning that there was a risk that I might be denied entry into the US because of my past but we (the band and the agencies involved) were prepared to take that risk. It’s very unfortunate for everybody involved; the fans, the band and its representatives as well as the promoters. I have served my time and we were really looking forward to these final gigs. To our American fans: In spite of everything; see you in spirit! Fuck the Law! Chaos Forever!”

EMPEROR to Perform Final LA Shows Without Guitarist Samoth

Blabbermouth.net has reported that no progress has been made to get EMPEROR guitarist, Samoth, the clearance to enter the US; therefore, he will not be joining the band for their final two shows in Los Angeles. As previously reported, Samoth was forced to miss EMPEROR‘s two shows this weekend in New York City despite continued efforts from representatives in the US and the band’s home country of Norway to secure the proper approvals.

Samoth made the following statement regarding the situation: “It seems there is no progress on my visa today either. That pretty much makes it the last chance for me to participate on the U.S. tour dates. I can’t believe this is actually happening. All of this is beyond the band’s control. I’m glad to hear the show did well last night and that the fans are being supportive. We really appreciate it. Hopefully I’ll make it over at a later point.”

The band will proceed as a four-piece for tonight’s show at the Key Club in Hollywood and Monday night at the House of Blues. EMPEROR are also on schedule for an in-store autograph session at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. tomorrow (July 17th) at 6:30 p.m.

Samoth to Miss Tonight’s EMPEROR Show in New York

According to Blabbermouth.net, EMPEROR guitarist Samoth will miss tonight’s performance at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York due to problems getting clearance to enter the United States. Here’s what Samoth had to say:

“What can I say? As things stand today, I’m not allowed to enter the U.S. It’s an extremely unfortunate situation and totally out of my control. The reality is that I’m still waiting for a ‘waiver’ that apparently has to come from the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. We have done everything we can and continue the dialogue with all agencies involved. It has been an exhausting and very costly process. I’ve had several visas issued in the past, and technically there should be no reason for them not to grant one now. We realize that this is a bit of a let-down for everybody involved, especially everybody who bought tickets to come and see the show tonight [July 13]. Please bear with us on this. The show will and must go on no matter what. Ihsahn, Trym, Secthdamon and Einar will fucking devastate! I will be there as soon as I have the go-ahead.”

Vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn issued the following response:

“This is a very unfortunate situation for all parts as everybody has been looking very much forward to this whole trip. I think, however, we owe it to ourselves and our fans to keep our spirit up.”

The band are also scheduled to play at B.B. King’s Blues Club tomorrow night and in Los Angeles on Sunday at the Key Club and Monday at the House of Blues.

ZYKLON: State Of The Art

Originally formed out of two thirds of Norwegian black metal gods, EMPEROR, ZYKLON grew to become a formidable yet distinct beast on its own. ZYKLON‘s debut album, World ov Worms, was an impressive record that combined death metal and black metal along with some industrial/electronic influences into a violent machine. With a new frontman in tow in MYRKSKOG drummer, Secthdamon, ZYKLON‘s highly anticipated sophomore effort, Aeon, stirs up their musical recipe for a well-balanced record. APESHIT recently spoke with guitarist and ringleader, Samoth, about the band’s new record and their brutal yet state-of-the-art metal.
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