ARCTURUS Sign to Prophecy Productions

Prophecy Productions feel honoured and are excited to welcome ARCTURUS to its artist roster. The first mutual work will be ARCTURUS‘ fifth full-length studio album, Arcturian, which is scheduled for release on May 8th, 2015. Pre-order for all physical products (ltd. 2CD hardcover book, ltd. Gatefold LP, ltd. box sets, Digipak CD) is available now at en.prophecy.de/shop/arcturus-arcturian.html.

ICS Vortex on behalf of ARCTURUS says: “A new chapter, and a new prophetic partner…We are star tripping psyched to be releasing ‘Arcturian‘ soon!”

ARCTURUS line-up 2015:

Simen “ICS Vortex” Hestnæs – vocals

Steinar “Sverd” Johnsen – keyboards

Knut Magne Valle – guitar

Hugh “Skoll” Mingay – bass

Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg – drums

ARCTURUS plan to make a short tour of European venues between 2nd – 10th May 2015. All dates will be announced next week.

Further European club shows and festivals will be announced later in the year and the band will also perform at Maryland Deathfest, Maryland, USA on 23rd of May 2015 , with extra South American dates to be announced shortly.

SOLSTAFIR Finally Set for First North American Tour

Iceland’s best metal export SÓLSTAFIR have announced that they will finally be touring North America for the first time.  The only downside is that it’s strictly an East Coast tour.  JUNIUS will be the opening band, which makes for a very cool touring combo.  The tour starts May 15, 2014 in Toronto and concludes at the glorious Maryland Deathfest on May 23, 2014.

In other news, the band recently wrapped up the recording sessions in Studio Sundlaugin for their upcoming album.  Check out photos on their Facebook page.  It should be a damn good album.

BOLT THROWER Announce “Return to Chaos” US Tour

Finally, after only a handful of North American dates in the past few years, limited to Maryland Deathfest, BOLT THROWER has announced the Return to Chaos tour. The band will perform seven shows across the US in May. The confirmed dates are listed below, and include Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, as well as club shows in Pomona, CA, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, and more.

BOLT THROWER adds: “And it’s our pleasure to announce that for all the club shows we’ll be sharing the stage with our fellow compatriots BENEDICTION; and for the Pomona and Oakland shows we’ll also be joined by the mighty AUTOPSY!”

Tour dates:
05/23 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest
05/25 Pomona, CA The Glass House w/ AUTOPSY and BENEDICTION
05/26 Oakland, CA Metro Operahouse w/ AUTOPSY and BENEDICTION
05/28 Portland, OR Star Theater w/ BENEDICTION
05/29 Seattle, WA Neumos w/ BENEDICTION
05/31 Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas
06/01 Chicago, IL Reggies w/ BENEDICTION

SUFFOCATION Added to 70,000 Tons of Metal, Working on New Record

Legendary New York death metal pioneers, SUFFOCATION, have been added to the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise festival happening January 23 – 27. 2012. For more info and tickets visit www.70000tons.com.

Commented the band:

“We’re looking forward to our first cruise ship performance. 2012’s 70,000 Tons of Metal will be a devastating event! Come witness a crushing multi-day festival and hang out with SUFFOCATION and many others!”

“Also, SUFFOCATION has some killer new material up their sleeves for a 2012 release with Nuclear Blast Records. With no shortage of chaotic mayhem and earth shattering slams, the content and concepts are sure to please SUFFOCATION fans new and old. Prepare to receive the mark!”

SUFFOCATION will play a handful of exclusive one off shows, in the middle of the group’s writing process for the follow up to their most recent release, Blood Oath. The following dates have been confirmed so far:

11/12/11 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
11/13/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
11/20/11 Korova – San Antonio, TX (Gorgrowlers’ Ball #5)
12/10/11 Reverb – Reading, PA (w/ BLACK ANVIL)
12/16/11 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
04/07/12 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
05/27/12 Sonar – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest 2012)

CATHEDRAL to Disband After Next Album

The end is near for legendary British doom metal band, CATHEDRAL, who have announced plans to disband after their next studio album, which they plan to release in 2012. Vocalist Lee Dorian provided the following statement:

“It’s simply time for us to bow out. Twenty one years is a very long time and it’s almost a miracle that we managed to come this far!

“We’ve had a great time during CATHEDRAL‘s existence and it has literally been our life. It’s just time to move on and leave our recorded legacy to linger.

“Our latest album The Guessing Game is exactly where we wanted to be after all this time. Staying in one place, being repetitive and predictable is something we wanted to avoid right from the off.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to those special people who have supported CATHEDRAL over the years. It may sound like a cliché but it’s certainly true – we simply wouldn’t have been able to do it without you, thanks!”

Earlier this year, CATHEDRAL celebrated their 20th anniversary performing their entire debut album, Forest of Equilibrium, with the original lineup.

The band are scheduled to make several final live appearances 2011, including dates in Japan and at the Maryland Death Fest. More dates will follow including a farewell London show later in the year.

WATAIN’s Lawless Darkness to be Released on June 7th; Maryland Deathfest Appearance Announced

Lawless Darkness has been announced as the title of the fourth WATAIN album to be released on June 7th.

“The title symbolizes the unbound chaotic potential of that which is void of light,” frontman E. comments. “The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light lies the wellspring of WATAIN: in Lawless Darkness.

“With this album and in all of our efforts with WATAIN we aim to capture the hungry madness and glimmering purity of darkness beyond illusion, the void that holds all yet where naught is manifest, the primordial tomb into which all the vanity of man and his creation shall collapse: indeed, The Lawless Darkness!

Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honour of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it.”

“Shed not thy light on me
Get thee hence, thoughts defined
Blind me not with your bright structures
For I am of the night

“Let not thy rays caress me
Judged by them I will not be
For they are the light that governs man
And I am the enemy”

In other news, WATAIN will return to the United States once again in late May as part of the annual aural offensive known as the Maryland Deathfest, appearing with SODOM, OBITUARY, ENTOMBED, POSSESSED, NECROPHOBIC and countless more. See the complete fest lineup at: http://www.marylanddeathfest.com.

And, after completing the regular portion of their set at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival in on June 12th, WATAIN will return to the stage for a unique 45-minute tribute concert featuring classic BATHORY songs. The event promises to be even more special as the BATHORY part of WATAIN‘s performance will be introduced by none other than late BATHORY mainman Quorthon‘s father and producer, Börje “Boss” Forsberg. “It feels great to have Boss participating in a part of the show, since he, in a way, is the only living link to the BATHORY myth,” says E. “It will still be a tribute show and nothing else, but we are, of course, honored to be able to do it with his blessing!”

http://www.templeofwatain.com
http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial

WATAIN Confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2010

Sweden’s WATAIN, who have been working on their fourth full-length album, have confirmed their return to North America with an appearance at next year’s Maryland Deathfest.

The band states: “We can now reveal the long awaited first live performance to break the silence. WATAIN will return to the stage at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland on the 28th of May 2010, alongside legends such as AUTOPSY, PENTAGRAM and POSSESSED. This will be the first performance done in relation to the new WATAIN album, to be released worldwide only weeks after the show through Season of Mist.”

Visit WATAIN online:
http://www.templeofwatain.com
http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Set for Headline Tour in May

Acclaimed ethereal USBM unit WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have just announced their upcoming North American tour this May, which they will be headlining. Joined by a host of other acts such as KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT, THRONES and more along the way, the band has also been added to this year’s Maryland Deathfest which lands in the middle of the tour, appearing alongside DESTROYER 666, ABSU, BOLT THROWER, BRUTAL TRUTH and more.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – headlining North American tour
5/13/2009 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/KRALLICE
5/14/2009 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/KRALLICE
5/15/2009 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/16/2009 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/17/2009 Casbah – Hamilton, ON w/A STORM OF LIGHT, KRALLICE
5/18/2009 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON w/THRONES, KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/19/2009 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC w/THRONES, KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/21/2009 Great Scott – Allston, MA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/22/2009 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/THRONES, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/23/2009 Sonar – Baltimore, MD – as part of Maryland Deathfest
5/24/2009 Club Hell – Providence, RI w/A STORM OF LIGHT
5/25/2009 Wallingford American Legion – Wallingford, CT w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/26/2009 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT [6 PM show]
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT [10 PM show]
5/29/2009 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT, FORENSICS
5/30/2009 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
6/01/2009 Caledonia – Athens, GA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
6/02/2009 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT

All of this action after the now ongoing tour WITTR is on alongside TOMBS and label mates PELICAN. The band are touring in support of their third full-length Black Cascade.

COFFINS: Two New Tracks; Northeast Tour Dates

Tokyo’s COFFINS has released two tracks from their upcoming album Buried Death on their MySpace page. The album, to be released on 20 Buck Spin Records with distribution through Southern Lord, will hit the streets on June 20th.

The band will be attacking the Northeast US with a splattering of live dates with labelmates THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE, as well as COFFINS‘ appearance at the Maryland Deathfest. Here are their tour dates:
05/16/2008 Elks Lodge – Cambridge, MA w/RAW RADAR WAR, NOOSEBOMB, SCAPEGOAT
05/17/2008 Matinee show: ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ASRA, THE COMMUNION
05/17/2008 Evening show: Rockstar Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/UNEARTHLY TRANCE, THE COMMUNION
05/18/2008 Khyber – Philadelphia, PA w/ OTESANEK (reunion)
05/19/2008 Talking Head – Baltimore, MD w/ TRIAC, DRUGS OF FAITH, FIGHT AMP [no COFFINS]
05/20/2008 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA w/ JUICE TYME
05/21/2008 Jan’s Room – Allentown, PA w/ FISTULA, BIRTH CONTROL
05/22/2008 Roboto – Pittsburgh, PA w/ HELLNATION, ABYSME, SLICES
05/23-25/2008 Maryland Deathfest 2008COFFINS play Saturday night