SATYRICON to Headline North American Tour

Norway’s SATYRICON have announced a 24-city headlining tour of North America which kicks off September 25th in Baltimore, MD. Support will come from BLEEDING THROUGH, CHTHONIC, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST (through 10/10).

SATYRICON frontman, Satyr, commented on the tour: “Finally…The way everyone greeted us in the states and Canada during our run in January, February and March, it was obvious that we needed to come back as soon as possible. The reception we got every night, all the conversations we had after the shows with everyone who had been waiting for us to make it over…it was given that it was never a question of if, just when. For the most part we are focusing on coming back to the same cities as we visited in the winter, so that you can see the full SATYRICON show that you got a taste of a few months back. There are also some cities in there where we will be visiting for the first time.”

Dates are as follows:
9/25 Baltimore, MD Sonar
9/26 Norfolk, VA Norva
9/28 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
9/29 Orlando, FL Firestone
10/1 Houston, TX Warehouse
10/2 Dallas, TX The Door
10/3 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
10/5 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
10/6 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
10/7 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
10/8 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
10/10 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
10/12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/13 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
10/16 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
10/17 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
10/19 Mokena, IL The Pearl Room
10/20 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Down Under
10/21 Toronto, ON Opera House
10/23 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/24 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
10/25 New York, NY The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza
10/27 Montreal, QC Club Soda

To coincide with the tour, SATYRICON will be releasing a special edition 2-CD set of its latest album, The Age of Nero. Bonus material includes 8 live and rare recordings never before available in North America. This edition drops September 29th.

SATYRICON: Headlining North American Tour with BLEEDING THROUGH, CHTHONIC, TOXIC HOLOCAUST

SATYRICON have announced that they will be returning to North America for a headlining tour this fall. The tour will be rounded out by BLEEDING THROUGH, CHTHONIC, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 25 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Sep. 26 – Norfolk, VA- Norva
Sep. 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sep. 29 – Orlando, FL – The Club
Oct. 01 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 02 – Dallas, TX – The Door
Oct. 03 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Oct. 05 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Oct. 06 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct. 07 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
Oct. 08 – West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
Oct. 10 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Oct. 12 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 13 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Oct. 14 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT- Club Sound
Oct. 17 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater
Oct. 19 – Mokena, IL – The Pearl Room
Oct. 20 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Oct. 21 – Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
Oct. 23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Oct. 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Oct. 25 – New York, NY – The Fillmore @ Irving
Oct. 27 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda

CHTHONIC’s New Album Set for April 2009 Release; Bassist in FHM

The Asian symphonic black metal band CHTHONIC, who made international headlines by championing Taiwanese democracy from the Ozzfest and Wacken stages last summer, has recently finished recording their new album, Mirror of Retribution, which is a concept album in Los Angeles with producer (and ANTHRAX guitarist) Rob Caggiano. This marks the band’s first-ever recording sessions in America.

“We had a good time working in Denmark for three albums, but we had some exciting chemistry between us and Rob, a new producer with a fresh vision and a fresh environment,” says CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim. “We like Rob‘s past work very much — especially the depth and strength of all the different instruments — and as a huge fan of ANTHRAX, it was our pleasure to work with him.”

Since wrapping up their 2007 “UNlimited” tour, which included 60 North American concerts, high-profile festival appearances and European tours, CHTHONIC has been busy both musically and politically, the group’s members have been active in Taiwan’s recent presidential elections. Vocalist Freddy Lim was even an official “youth spokesperson” for the pro-democracy DPP political party, and thanks in large part to his efforts, the youth vote (ages 20-29) for the DPP candidate — originally estimated to be just 20% — ended up being 56%.

Their previous studio effort, Seediq Bale, was recorded in 2005, although it was not released outside of Asia until more than a year later. Since then, they’ve seen the international reissue of 2002’s Relentless Recurrence and a live CD/DVD (A Decade on the Throne), as well as the European compilation, Pandemonium, which featured re-recorded versions of older CHTHONIC tracks.

While the band was pleased to have their music finally available worldwide, they’re anxious for their newfound fans to hear their new material. “Although it’s still symphonic and extreme, it is a new style of metal for us,” Lim says. “There are more Oriental tastes, different genres of metal being mixed, and more emotional fluctuations in the music.”

In the meantime, bassist Doris inked an exclusive worldwide deal with ESP Basses. She will be featured in the 2009 Catalog. Doris also appears on the cover of the November issue of FHM Taiwan. The issue soon climbed to the top of the Internet sales chart during the first week. CHTHONIC has been touring around the world in the past few years with lots of media attention. Among all the excellent members, Doris‘s unique style is often favored by the international media. FHM approached Doris for her dual images of sexy fierceness and intrinsic charm.

The feature and photo shoot with Doris has done so well (she is the number one girl in FHM Taiwan history) that it will be picked up by the FHM Magazines of Australia, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Mexico and Singapore as well!

When asked why she agreed to FHM‘s proposal, Doris said, “I do not set limits for my life. Limits and standards are man made. Though human as I am, I do not want to limit my ideas to make music, to care about politics, just to think and to live.”

Be sure to pick up CHTHONIC‘s new album Mirror of Retribution, when it releases in April 2009.

CHTHONIC – Seediq Bale

A review for this album has been late in the making, but it should speak well for CHTHONIC that their album titled Seediq Bale still demands a review nearly a year after its initial release. CHTHONIC bring their own unique style of extreme metal to the table with a heavy Taiwanese flare. Some fans would most easily label the music as symphonic black metal, but idiosyncrasies that define their sound set CHTHONIC apart as a diamond in the rough among the extreme metal scene. Incorporation of female vocals, keyboards, and the erhu (also known as a Chinese violin) create a distinctive sound when combined with such Eastern themes. The album itself tells mythological tales about the struggles of the seediq tribe that has been around for countless years. On the technical side of things, Seediq Bale has what is potentially the best production of any CHTHONIC album thus far, and enhanced versions of the album contain music videos and live footage. The band’s performance is flawless both on the album recording and in the live material. The entire album drips with dark atmosphere, and it should be obvious to any listener that the band put a lot of thought and passion into how to convey such pathos. “Indigenous Laceration” is easily the catchiest song on the album, but “Bloody Gaya Fulfilled” should stand as the band’s greatest opus on this release. The lyrics themselves are not politically charged, but it is worth noting that CHTHONIC have undertaken a unique political crusade to have Taiwan included as a separate country in the United Nations. So far their quest has not met with success, but such noble determination on behalf of their country only further demonstrates the internal fire driving this band to accomplish great things. This was easily one of the best releases of 2006, and extreme metal fans should not hesitate to give this band the chance it deserves. (Down Port Music)

CHTHONIC: “UNlimited New York” Concert; European Tour

Taiwanese extreme metal band CHTHONIC, who recently wrapped up a successful appearance on Ozzfest, are currently trekking across the US on their historic “UNlimited” tour, performing their first headlining concerts in America.

Ozzfest has been a great experience for CHTHONIC, but we’re excited to perform for our fans for longer than 20 minutes,” says vocalist Freddy Lim.

In concert, CHTHONIC (pronounced “THON-ick”) will continue to perform the tour’s theme song, “UNlimited Taiwan,” written and recorded this spring “to emphasize the ‘UNlimited’ potential of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people,” Lim says. Like the tour — which kicked off in Taipei earlier this summer following the international re-release of 2002’s Relentless Recurrence and last year’s A Decade On The Throne two-CD/DVD live set — the song was named to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan’s full participation as an independent country. The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune, among others, have recently devoted lengthy features to the message behind the tour.

With a new session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to open in New York on Sept. 18, many pro-Taiwan rallies will be held around the city in the days beforehand. To coincide with the UN session’s kickoff — where Taiwan will once again petition to be formally recognized as an independent country, and not a Chinese province — CHTHONIC will hold a special “UNlimited New York” concert at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, located less than three miles from the UN, on Sept. 16. Tickets are currently available on the venue’s website, www.highlineballroom.com, and at their box office.

Because this is the group’s third New York City concert in recent weeks, coming on the heels of an Aug. 21 performance with NILE and a Sept. 6 concert alongside KATATONIA, CHTHONIC has arranged for the Highline Ballroom to offer tickets for only $5 to anyone who redeems a ticket stub from one of their previous shows at the venue’s box office. For everyone else, a $2 discount can be obtained by purchasing the tickets online at www.highlineballroom.com (enter “un4taiwan” in the access code field). Furthermore, the first 100 fans in the doors will receive a free set of CHTHONIC “paper dolls,” which are sold in toy stores throughout Asia. (A photo can be seen here.)

The “UNlimited New York” concert will be videotaped, and CHTHONIC hopes that people of all nationalities will join them in this historic plea for freedom and independence.

9/13 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
9/14 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
9/15 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
9/16 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
9/19 Le Capitole Theatre ? Quebec City, QC (with Cradle of Filth)
9/20 Metropolis ? Montreal, QC (with Cradle of Filth)
9/21 Webster Theatre ? Hartford, CT (with Cradle of Filth)
9/22 Higher Ground ? Burlington, VT (with Cradle of Filth)

Additionally, the band just announced their first ever European tour alongside Finnish
“heroic folk metal” warriors ENSIFERUM. Dates are as follows:

Nov. 9 – Hard Rock Hell Festival – Minehead, U.K.
Nov. 30 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 1 – Lindenpark – Potsdam, Germany
Dec. 2 – Alte Spinnerei – Glauchau, Germany
Dec. 4 – Bastard Club – Osnabruck, Germany
Dec. 6 – Romein – Leeuwarden, Holland
Dec. 7 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
Dec. 9 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec. 11 – Wigwam – Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 12 – Fleda – Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13 – Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
Dec. 14 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 15 – Hexentanz Festival – Illingen, Germany

NILE’s New Album Streaming at MP3.com

MP3.com is streaming NILE‘s fifth studio album, Ithyphallic, in its entirety for seven days prior to the album’s North American street date of July 17th at the following link: http://www.mp3.com/artist/nile1/summary/

Engineered by Bob Moore and produced by Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE), Decibel Magazine recently praised Ithyphallic in their August 2007 issue: “The trio’s attack is more brutal than ever, their sound richer and more redolent with Middle Eastern flourishes. The opener, ‘What May Safely Be Written‘ is the band’s grandest to date – a manicured orgy of horns and gongs that gives way slowly to an opening dirge dominated by blast beats.”

In the same article penned by journalist Rod Smith, guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders (who was also voted #4 Top Death Metal Guitarist of All Time) provided the background story for the song “Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect The Possessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water,” which debuted on the official Ozzfest website on June 6th:

“It’s from The Book Of Overthrowing Apep. There’s a spell in there, a chant that’s supposed to stop crocodiles from attacking your boat. I tried to picture it and thought, ‘Your boat’s being attacked by crocodiles. Are you really supposed to dig out your scroll, fumble through it, find the right chapter, repeat the words, and the crocodiles are gonna leave you alone? When the croc is about to bite you in half, are you gonna be able to find that chapter fast enough?’ It’s a ridiculous concept. I found myself thinking, ‘This song needs to have the words said as fast as possible.’ We decided this song would be frantic, fast as anything we’d ever done, with the words super-frantic fast, for that ‘trying to escape from the jaws of the crocodile’ feeling.”

NILE are confirmed artists for Ozzfest 2007’s second stage and will be headlining off-date shows with CHTHONIC and DAATH. To view complete summer tour dates, visit www.nile-catacombs.net and www.myspace.com/nilecatacombs.

Taiwan’s CHTHONIC Prepares for Ozzfest and Album Reissues

This week two albums by Taiwan’s premier metal act CHTHONIC – dubbed the “BLACK SABBATH of Asia” by their home country’s largest newspaper, and soon to be the first-ever Asian act to take part in Ozzfest – will finally be released in North America. Relentless Recurrence, initially released in 2002, and last year’s A Decade on the Throne live double album/DVD will continue the momentum started by the acclaimed Seediq Bale, the group’s first American release.

The music of CHTHONIC (pronounced THON-ick) focuses in part on the history of the Taiwanese people. The band has even christened its upcoming international tour – which will commence in suburban Seattle when the group kicks off the summer’s first Ozzfest – “UNlimited,” in part to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan’s full participation as an independent country. (Visit www.myspace.com/CHTHONICtw for more on “UNlimited CHTHONIC, UNlimited Taiwan.”)

Set to a riveting soundtrack of symphonic black metal, Relentless Recurrence relays a Taiwanese folk tale about a demonic ghost hell-bent on revenge. Like the group’s other recordings, the album sees CHTHONIC use a Hena, a traditional Asian instrument comparable to a violin, to emphasize the legend’s sorrow and grief. Meanwhile, A Decade on the Throne is an engrossing live double album/DVD set recorded before a sold-out crowd in the band’s home country, and features guest performances by the so-called Oriental Orchestra as well as the Taipei Ladies’ Choir. It will be released in a lavish digibook with special artwork and a velvet covering.

Though the band’s image is reminiscent of the black metal legends of Scandinavia, CHTHONIC’s use of corpse paint is inspired by the history of their own culture. In Taiwanese folklore, deities known as the “Eight Generals” wear corpse paint to become empowered with Taoist spirits that give them the power to judge good and evil. It is this spirit that the band conveys on stage.

CHTHONIC has been pushing boundaries throughout their career, and having singlehandedly launched an extreme metal scene in their home country, the group now sets their sights squarely on the rest of the world. The band will continue taking its music abroad in August when it performs at Wacken Open Air, Germany’s largest annual metal festival, and it will embark on its first full European tour this fall. And though CHTHONIC — like all rotating second-stage Ozzfest bands — will have just 20 minutes to make its case on tour this summer, the group hopes its message reverberates long after their final notes are played.

CHTHONICUNlimited” tour dates (more dates TBA):
7/12 White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA (Ozzfest)
7/13 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA*
7/14 The Gorge – George, WA (Ozzfest)
7/15 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR*
7/17 Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Sacramento, CA (Ozzfest)
7/18 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA*
7/19 Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA (Ozzfest)
7/20 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA*
7/21 Hyundai Pavilion – Los Angeles, CA (Ozzfest)
7/22 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ*
7/23 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA*
7/24 Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ (Ozzfest)
7/25 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM*
7/26 Journal Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM (Ozzfest)
7/27 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO*
7/28 Coors Amphitheatre – Denver, CO (Ozzfest)
7/30 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Kansas City, MO (Ozzfest)
7/31 Bob’s – Tulsa, OK*
8/02 Smirnoff Music Center – Dallas, TX (Ozzfest)
8/03 Wacken Open Air Festival – Wacken, Germany
8/06 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO (Ozzfest)
8/07 Pearl Room – Mokena, IL*
8/08 Germain Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH (Ozzfest)
8/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH*
8/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL (Ozzfest)
8/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN*
8/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – Milwaukee, WI (Ozzfest)
8/13 Forest Hills Lodge – Rockford, IL*
8/14 Verizon Wireless Music theatre – Indianapolis, IN (Ozzfest)
8/15 The Silo – Reading, PA*
8/16 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ (Ozzfest)
8/17 Mark’s Showplace – Bedford, NH*
8/18 New England Dodge Music Theatre – Hartford, CT (Ozzfest)
8/19 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY*
8/20 Tweeter Center – Boston, MA (Ozzfest)
8/21 B.B. King’s – New York, NY*
8/22 Tweeter Center – Philadelphia, PA (Ozzfest)
8/23 Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV*
8/24 Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA (Ozzfest)
8/25 Harpos – Detroit, MI*
8/26 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (Ozzfest)
8/27 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA*
8/28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC (Ozzfest)
8/29 The Haven – Winter Park, FL*
8/30 Sound Advice Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL (Ozzfest)
9/01 The Muse – Nashville, TN
9/02 Uncle Pleasant’s – Louisville, KY
9/05 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
9/06 B.B. King’s – New York, NY**
9/07 The Funhaus – Toronto, Ont.
9/08 The Embassy – London, Ont.
9/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/16 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

* with NILE
** with KATATONIA

BEHEMOTH, CHTHONIC, DAATH Added to Ozzfest’s Second Stage

Poland’s blackened death metallers, BEHEMOTH, have been added to this summer’s Ozzfest‘s second stage, joining second stage headliners HATEBREED. Vocalist/guitarist, Nergal, commented on their participation:

“I couldn’t be more proud about the fact that BEHEMOTH will be joining this year’s Ozzfest! I’m speechless and beyond excited. No doubt it’s going to be the brightest point of our career thus far, and I hope that this will help to spread dangerous and extreme music among the masses.

“It’s an honor to team up with our longtime brothers in NILE and to share the stage with LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED, not to mention the legend himself! With such a bill, you can expect nothing but pure metal carnage! What makes me even more excited is the little fact that we will be releasing our new album during the tour. So expect songs from The Apostasy, as well as some older shit. We’ll definitely make sure the set is going to be brutal as fuck. You’ve been warned!”

Other extreme metal bands have been added to the second stage as rotating acts, including Taiwanese symphonic black metallers CHTHONIC and Atlanta, Georgia’s DAATH.

Here is what the latest Ozzfest lineup looks like…
Main Stage:
OZZY OSBOURNE
LAMB OF GOD

LORDI

Second Stage – Non-Rotating:
HATEBREED
BEHEMOTH
MONDO GENERATOR

Second Stage – Rotating:
NILE
ANKLA
CIRCUS DIABLO
THE SHOWDOWN
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
DAATH
IN THIS MOMENT
CHTHONIC