DARK FUNERAL Slays Stockholm with 20th Anniversary Show

Swedish black metal legends DARK FUNERAL celebrated their 20th anniversary with a very special show this past Saturday in their hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.  The band performed with vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula and bassist B-Force along with special appearances by former members, vocalist Themgoroth, guitarist Dominion, guitarist Typhos and drummer Gaahnfaust.

Band leader/guitarist Lord Ahriman issued a statement about the show on their Facebook page.

Here is the excellent setlist (Yes, they played the entire Dark Funeral EP):

1. “The Secrets Of The Black Arts
2. “The Dawn No More Rises
3. “When Angels Forever Die
4. “Bloodfrozen
5. “The Fire Eternal
6. “Satan’s Mayhem
7. “Dark Are The Paths To Eternity
8. “The Arrival Of Satan’s Empire
9. “Attera Totus Sanctus
10. “Goddess Of Sodomy
11. “Enriched by Evil” (with Typhos)
12. “666 Voices Inside
13. “In My Dreams
14. “An Apprentice Of Satan” (with Dominion & Gaahnfaust)
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15. “Open The Gates” (with Themgoroth)
16. “Shadows Over Transylvania” (with Themgoroth)
17. “My Dark Desires” (with Themgoroth)
18. “In The Sign of the Horns” (with Themgoroth)
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19. “Vobiscum Satanas
20. “My Funeral

Here is some live footage of the show:

 

First Six DARK FUNERAL Albums to Be Reissued; New Vocalist Sought


It’s been announced that DARK FUNERAL‘s first six albums, originally released on various labels, will be reissued via Century Media Records. Created with the band’s close cooperation, the first batch of reissues include the self-titled MCD (plus bonus material), The Secrets of the Black Arts (including the re-mixed/re-mastered 8-track Unisound mix as a bonus), and Vobiscum Satanas (including live tracks). These titles will be released in Europe on September 9 and in North America on November 12.

Additionally, the band are looking for a new vocalist.

Here are the DARK FUNERAL mastermind Lord Ahriman‘s comments:

“I’m proud to announce that we are finally doing proper re-issues of our classic albums through Century Media. And to really spice things up, I have dug deep into my personal photo archives to come up with some killer photos/flyers, previously mostly unseen by the public eye. These will be the definite versions of our classic albums, especially the nice vinyls! Each album also contains detailed liner notes– and besides myself, Themgoroth, Dan Swanö & some other old friends that were present at the time I formed the band contributed to this. Unfortunately, I could not finish off these re-issues with Blackmoon, who sadly passed away earlier this year, but he was fully aware of them and for ‘In The Sign…’ and ‘The Secrets…‘ we at least added a tribute page to commemorate him.
“We’ve just ended our festival season with a killer show at Germany’s Summer Breeze festival. Now, my/our main focus will be to resume writing the next masterpiece, tentatively set for release in 2014. More news to come…

DARK FUNERAL is currently looking for a permanent new vocalist – preferable from Scandinavia. Serious applications can be sent to [email protected]!”

All re-issues will be available on black vinyl, in addition to a limited transparent blue vinyl (only 100 copies).

DARK FUNERAL, NECROPHOBIC Guitarist David “Blackmoon” Parland Passes Away

BlackmoonThe underground metal scene lost one of its own when guitarist David “Blackmoon” Parland passed away on March 19, 2013.  Blackmoon was a key member in renowned Swedish extreme metal bands such as NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, WAR, and INFERNAL.  He had not released any new music in a quite a long time but his impact on the scene speaks for itself.

Let’s blast some of his music in his memory!  Surely, a time when Swedish black/death metal was obscure and untainted.

THE WRETCHED END – Inroads

After making a strong debut with Ominous, Norway’s THE WRETCHED END easily proved their worth.  Now, with Inroads, the band have honed and focused their sophisticated, multi-dimensional style of extreme metal to a blacker, more desolate place.  Everything from the classic album artwork to the atmospheres and overall sound possesses a distinctly Norwegian black metal undercurrent.  However, this is not a rehashing of past victories. This is the band’s modern expression of Norwegian black metal fused with the other elements of their sound.  The thrash elements of their sound make less of an appearance this time around.

Soon after Inroads begins, it’s clear that THE WRETCHED END have further defined their style with new sounds, vibes, and dynamics.  Lead guitars are effectively, succinctly, and frequently used to add color.  Norwegian black metal dissonance is utilized in riffs such as in “Tyrant of the Mountain” and “Deathtopian Society.”  “Death by Nature” and “The Haunting Ground” have killer grooves.   “Cold Iron Soul” constantly shifts tempos with the subtle, contrasting riffs that flow well together.  THE WRETCHED END deliver the sense of ominous urgency with the run away train feel of “Fear Propaganda.”

In addition to the subtle complex song arrangements and sounds, the sheer spirit of Inroads is very reminiscent of the mighty EMPEROR.  Indeed, THE WRETCHED END reach new heights as shown on the absolutely invincible, decadent melodies at the end of “Blackthorn Winter,” the powerful emotion of “Hunger,” and the total domination of closer “Throne Renowned of Old.”

While all the various dimensions of Inroads may not be readily discernible nor fully appreciated at first, it all comes out over time.

In an ever crowded and formulaic extreme metal scene, THE WRETCHED END easily distinguish themselves as one of the best.  (Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records)

MORBID ANGEL Announce U.S. Tour with DARK FUNERAL & GRAVE

The legendary MORBID ANGEL have announced a month long North American tour. Support will come from Sweden’s DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE. The tour starts on September 21st in Atlanta, GA and runs through October 19th in San Antonio, TX.

The band is touring in support of their latest album Illud Divinum Insanus (released by Season of Mist in June 2011).

Tour dates:
7/ 6 Halifax, NS @ Spread the Metal Festival (MORBID ANGEL only)
9/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
9/23 Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie’s
9/24 Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
9/26 New York City @ B.B. King’s
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
9/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/30 Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
10/1 Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
10/2 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/4 Joliet, Il @ Mojoe’s
10/5 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/6 Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court
10/7 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
10/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
10/14 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/15 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/17 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/18 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/19 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Lounge

DARK FUNERAL Announce New Vocalist

Swedish black metallers, DARK FUNERAL, have officially announced a replacement for longtime vocalist, Emperor Magus Caligula. In an official statement from guitarist Lord Ahriman:

“It surely was not an easy task to find a worthy replacement for Emperor Magus Caligula, who has been doing an amazing job for DARK FUNERAL during the past 15 years. He has not only been ‘the vocalist’ for the band, but also a very good friend and he always will be! Anyway, ten months of intense searching worldwide has finally given result and I’m very proud to announce and welcome Nachtgarm to the horde.

“I think I can speak for everyone in the band and say that besides completely knocking us down with the strength of his vocals and wide register, what truly blew us away was his presence, energy and the amazing spirit he showed during the final audition. He just came into the rehearsal room and took his rightful spot. And then just set the whole place on hellfire!

“It’s really hard to explain ‘that’ certain feeling one is looking for, but once you get it, you just know that you’ve found the right man for the job. And that is something we all got ‘deluxe.’ No doubt about that! Mankind has no idea what is coming upon them. And I can’t wait to bring this maniac on tour for the world to experience DARK FUNERAL in the most intense and hellish way ever!

“During the time we’ve been looking for a new vocalist and drummer, we’ve received over 1000 applications. The interest to join DARK FUNERAL has been way over expectation and quite overwhelming to say the least. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who applied for the jobs. One thing is for sure: There are a lot of unknown talents out there. And once they’ve found the right band to deliver their goods, I’m sure we all will hear from many of these guys in the future. Good luck!”

Guitarist Chaq Mol comments: “When E.M. Caligula quit the band my first thought was, ‘how the fuck will we be able to find a worthy replacement now?’ In my eyes, he was the best vocalist in the black metal scene. After we had listened to a couple of hundred applicants, there were two guys that really stood out and sounded very promising. The question was, would they nail it on a live audition too, and would their personalities be of the kind we were looking for? Well, after ten months, we finally found the right man for the job! And all my previous doubts and concerns are now a memory forgotten. Nachtgarm, welcome to the horde!”

Adds Nachtgarm: “To me, DARK FUNERAL is the epitome of black metal. To be a member of this institution now, is not only a big honor for me, but is also complementing my work as a lead singer as well as my action at the front of the stage throughout the years. Consequently, I am very glad that DARK FUNERAL put their unholy faith in me and my abilities. As the successor of Emperor Magus Caligula, I am quite aware of the high expectations being directed to my person. However, I can assure every one of you out there that with every breath I take I will live up to these expectations. Hands down. This is the arrival of Satan’s Empire. Now let us set this world aflame!”

In related news, DARK FUNERAL have been added to the 70000 Tons of Metal bill for 2012. The “World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival” will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty Of The Seas” from Miami, Florida to George Town, Cayman Islands and will return Friday, January 27, 2012. Check out the website: http://www.70000tons.com