MARDUK Announce U.S. Tour Dates; Full Makeup Tour to Follow

Sweden’s MARDUK have announced a few U.S. shows following their last minute withdrawal from the Blackenedfest with MAYHEM due to visa issues.  These makeup dates will feature support from WITHERED and BLACK ANVIL.

MARDUK guitarist Morgan Håkansson commented: “We are excited to finally be over in the states and do these shows after all the problems with the visas. The three shows in August are just the start. We are preparing for a full tour in the winter that will cover all the areas we missed on Blackenedfest. Please join us as we raise the Banner Of The Wolf!”

Confirmed dates thus far are below.  Expect more dates to be announced soon.
8/12/2009 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
8/13/2009 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
8/15/2009 Gramercy Threatre – New York, NY also w/ TOMBS

Visit the band’s official website for all the latest tour info and where to buy tickets: http://www.marduk.nu

Last month, MARDUK began recording their eleventh album. The album is expected to be released by years’ end via Regain Records.

MARDUK Issue Statement Regarding Absence from Blackenedfest

Blackenedfest, a North American tour featuring MAYHEM, MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and WITHERED has been partially marred by MARDUK‘s unexplained absence from the tour.  The tour, which kicked off on May 21st, has carried on without MARDUK‘s participation.  The Swedish black metal band finally issued a statement regarding their situation:

“The situation with MARDUK not having performed during the first week of Blackenedfest is due to Mortuus, the vocalist, not having received his visa yet.

“It is not a ‘denied’ visa.  The band filed for a P-1 non-immigrant work visa, which is required for a band to play in the states.  The visa was APPROVED by the United States Government’s Homeland Security Office.

“Furthermore, as required, the band members each individually went to their Visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm for the standard interview, at which point the persons handling the band’s applications informed the band that there was no further action needed and that they should expect their passports in the mail with the P-1 visa attached.

“Everyone in the band received theirs except Mortuus.

“The day before tour, while the rest of the band were at the airport awaiting to board their flights to the US,  Mortuus returned to the embassy to inquire as to the location of his passport.  At this point he was informed that he was missing one document in order to finalize the visa.

“No one in the band, nor the label, was made aware of this missing form.  After we were made aware of this missing document, we provided the document to the Embassy in Stockholm and we are currently awaiting each day for the Passport to be returned to Mortuus with the visa stamp.  The Embassy is aware of the urgency of this matter and we expect the band to join the tour in progress any day now.  MARDUK are prepared to make up the shows they missed immediately after Blackenedfest ends. These dates will be announced upon the band’s arrival in the US.

“We are staying on top of the situation each day and hope to announce the arrival of the band soon.”

Remaining Blackenedfest dates are as follows:

May 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
May 30 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
May 31 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 02 – Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 03 – San Francisco, CA – DNA
Jun. 04 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jun. 05 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun. 07 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
Jun. 09 – St Paul, MN – Station 4
Jun. 11 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Jun. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Jun. 13 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theater
Jun. 14 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Jun. 15 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques

Blackenedfest: MAYHEM, MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, WITHERED

Blackenedfest has been announced for North America and will feature MAYHEM, MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and WITHERED. The tour kicks off May 21st in New York.

Tour dates as follows:
May 21 – New York, NY – The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
May 24 – Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
May 26 – Houston, TX – Numbers
May 27 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
May 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
May 30 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
May 31 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 02 – Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
Jun. 03 – San Francisco, CA – DNA
Jun. 04 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jun. 05 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Jun. 07 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
Jun. 09 – St Paul, MN – Station 4
Jun. 11 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Jun. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Jun. 13 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theater
Jun. 14 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Jun. 15 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques

Visit the Blackenedfest MySpace page for updated info: http://www.myspace.com/blackenedfest