With the recent news that EMPEROR will reunite for Wacken Open Air next year (as well as Bloodstock 2014), it got me in the EMPEROR/EMPEROR-related mood. Thus, let’s check out IHSAHN‘s performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air earlier this month.
It’s a pretty good set. It helps tremendously that Ihsahn‘s backing band are Norwegian progsters, LEPROUS. Good shit.
Regain Records have made an official announcement recognizing founding member Infernus as the holder of the “GORGOROTH” band name. Infernus has been in dispute with other members Gaahl (vocals) and King ov Hell (bass) who claim ownership of the band name as well as the fact that they kicked Infernus out of the band.
Here is Regain‘s official statement:
“Regain Records will continue the co-operation with the bands original member Infernus with a new line-up. This new line-up will be announced by Infernus through the new official website www.gorgoroth.info. Regain Records recognizes Infernus as the rightful owner of the bands name, logo and trademark, and is prepared to take any legal steps necessary to prevent any 3rd part from exploiting it, artistically and commercially. A long time commitment between Infernus and Regain Records has been signed and GORGOROTH‘s next album entitled Quantos Possund Ad Satanitatem Trahunt – as well as the follow-up – will be released on Regain Records.”
In related news, Gaahl and King ov Hell have apparently changed their incarnation of GORGOROTH to “THE FORCE GORGOROTH.” They have also announced a headlining appearance at next year’s Wacken Festival on August 1st on the Black Stage. The band’s manager states, “Be prepared for a spectacular exclusive show at W:O:A. more blasphemic than the Krakow show. If you are a prude or sheepish person, this is your nightmare.”
Legendary British death metal band, CARCASS, will reunite for next year’s Wacken Open Air festival. Bassist/vocalist, Jeff Walker, issued the following statement on behalf of the band:
“Well, they said it would never happen. In fact I said it would never happen. Then I noticed no one pays attention to what I say anyway and I sounded like an idiot…
“Summer 2008 will be the twentieth anniversary since the release of CARCASS‘ first studio album. It will be fourteen years since we last played live. We’ve decided to exhume the old corpse next Summer at Wacken. The timing is purely coincidental – it’s been a long journey to get to this point where myself, Bill Steer and Mike Amott (ARCH ENEMY) have enough common desire again to make it possible. We’re finally conceding to the demand that seems to be at an all time high and doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Any past reasons we may have had for not wanting to do it, or thinking it was impossible, have simply dissipated in the face of overwhelming interest in us performing THOSE riffs for a generation of believers who never had the opportunity back in the day. We could say we’re doing it for ‘the kids’ – but fuck that! We’re doing it ‘cos it will be fun again to play the classic CARCASS tunes!! Of course it would seem inappropriate for us to contemplate to do this without Ken Owen, but I assure you he’ll be there, and we’ll push some sticks in his hands and make him play, plus we’ll have a killer drummer to sit in and play HIS parts.
“Myself, Jeff Walker, on bass and vocals, ‘the semi-legendary’ Bill Steer and Mike Amott on lead guitar and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), filling in for Ken on drums, look forwards to mutilating your hearing.
“And if we don’t do it? Who else will overshadow the LED ZEPPELIN reunion?
“Prepare to rot and roll.”
Next year’s Wacken Open Air (official website) is set to take place July 31 through August 2, 2008.
Norway’s IMMORTAL have announced two exclusive reunion show in the U.S. in addition to their previously announced headlining appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air 2007.Â The band officially disbanded in 2003 following the release of their last studio album, Sons of Northern Darkness. IMMORTAL‘s line-up for the confirmed shows will feature members Abbath (vocals, guitar) and Horgh (drums) with AURA NOIR‘s Apollyon on bass.
Tickets are set to go on sale October 13, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. noon.Â Dates are as follows:
Jul. 13 – New York City, NY â€“ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Jul. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Avalon
Notodden, Norway: After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and completing recent capacity performances in America, EMPEROR have announced two additional performances for 2006. Scheduled Saturday, October 7, EMPEROR will headline the fifth annual Motstoy Festival in the band’s hometown of Notodden. Formed in 2002 by local youth and supportive arts organizations, this year’s festival will also include appearances by RED HARVEST, MORTIIS, SHE SAID DESTROY and PAGAN’S MIND, among others.
“The Motstoy Festival is a non-profit organization situated in Notodden that my company Mnemosyne Productions has endorsed since its start in 2002,” says vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. “As it is a no-alcohol arrangement with no age limit, it is a great opportunity for EMPEROR to play a local show and at the same time give younger fans a chance to see us live.” Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at the festival’s official site located at www.motstoy.com.
EMPEROR additionally confirm their return to England for an exclusive engagement at the famed London Astoria. Scheduled Saturday, October 28 the show will feature supporting performances from Candlelight Recording artist TO-MERA and Nocturnal Art Productions recording artist SHE SAID DESTROY.
“It’s great to finally come back to England with EMPEROR,” says Samoth. “England is where we first started out in the early 90’s; signing to Candlelight Records and heading out on our first real tour. We’ve always had a strong following in England, both press and fans, and we’ve built up a strong relationship throughout the years with the folks at Candlelight Records and Plastic Head, so it was a very obvious choice for us to return to the United Kingdom. All hail & see you soon!”
The recently announced EMPEROR guitar tablature book, Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath, will see worldwide release in time for the London performance. The 132-page oversized book featuring foreword and transcriptions by Ihsahn will include original tabs for thirteen EMPEROR classics contained on the band’s 2003 compilation of the same name.