FIRESPAWN, the new Swedish super group featuring current and former members of ENTOMBED A.D., NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED, DARK FUNERAL, have announced that their debut album, Shadow Realms, comes out November 13, 2015. The music that has been released so far sound very promising.
Check out the track, “Ruination“:
Also, check out the official video for the title track of their 7″, Lucifer Has Spoken:
LG Petrov – vocals (ENTOMBED A.D., MORBID, NIHILIST) Fredrik Folkare – guitar (NECROPHOBIC, UNLEASHED) Victor Brandt – guitar (ENTOMBED A.D., SIX FEET UNDER (live)) A. Impaler – bass (NECROPHOBIC, NAGLFAR (live)) Matte Modin – drums (RAISED FIST, ex-DARK FUNERAL, ex-DEFLESHED, ex-INFERNAL)
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”
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)
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)
19. “Vobiscum Satanas”
20. “My Funeral“
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).
The 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.
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)
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).
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
THE WRETCHED END‘s new video for “Death By Nature” has been posted online. The song comes off the band’s new album, Inroads, which is scheduled for an April 23, 2012 release via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.
THE WRETCHED END are currently in the studio recording their sophomore record, which is set for a 2012 release (read more details here). The band has posted the following video showing drummer Nils Fjellström laying down the drum tracks: